WESTBOROUGH, Mass. — Unexpected contributions led Westborough volleyball to a hard-fought win Thursday in its first five-game match of the year against Central Catholic High School on the road.
Westborough (11-2) won 3-2 (21-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-16, 15-13).
"It was really those unexpected contributions that kept us in it," volleyball coach Roger Anderson said.
Sarah Anderson contributed seven kills, and Julia Arsenault added a career high six kills as Westborough was tested until the final point. After splitting the first four games, 2-2, the Rangers trailed 13-11 in the final game.
Behind key players Sam Kehoe, Tori Flahive and Addie D'Luzansky, the Rangers rallied to win the next four points and the match. The difficult matches are what will benefit his team the most down the road, Coach Anderson said.
"I was really pleased with the way our kids fought back," he said. "Obviously, it would be a lot easier on the coach's cholesterol and blood pressure if every match was 3-0, but unfortunately, that's not how it works."
Central Catholic dropped to 8-4.
Groton-Dunstable 2, Westborough 1: After netting 17 goals in three games, the Rangers (7-3-2) came back down to Earth against Groton on Tuesday. Carly Flahive scored the lone goal with about 20 seconds left. "We've been putting the ball in the net a lot lately, we just couldn't do it today," coach Paul Mumby said.
Groton-Dunstable 3, Westborough 1: Loic Pennick scored midway through the second half, but it too little, too late as the Rangers (5-3-2) lost to Groton for the second time this year. Westborough goes on the road Saturday to take on the state's No. 1-ranked team, Ludlow High School, at 11 a.m.
Westborough 37, Nashoba 17: Mike Rodenbush led the Rangers with a one-under 35 as the Rangers (12-2) beat Nashoba at Westborough Country Club.