SHREWSBURY, Mass. — Sam Kehoe and the Westborough Rangers said they wanted to forget the third game Friday night.
A four-game victory over neighboring Shrewsbury — 25-11, 25-19, 16-25, 25-6 — will go a long way toward achieving that goal.
After winning an eighth straight set to start the season, the Rangers came out flat.
"It was terrible. ... We just didn't communicate," said Kehoe, who registered 11 kills in the match. "In the next game we just kind of decided 'we're not going to lose.'"
The Rangers' start in what would be the final game attested to that decision. They jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead, quashing any idea the Colonials had of a five-game comeback.
Westborough coach Roger Anderson said the credit should go to Shrewsbury for taking advantage of errors.
"In that third game, we just couldn't do anything right," Anderson said. "It was nice [my team] reacted that way in the next game. That's what they need to do."
Westborough jumps to a 3-0 record with the win in its first road game. The team had ended Marlborough's 22-match winning streak on Tuesday.
"This group is pretty relentless," said Anderson, now in his 13th year as coach. "We graduated five starters last year. This group is trying to feel out their way, see who's going to do what and what they're going to do in crunch time. I've been pleased in general, but clearly we still have a lot of work to do."
The Shrewsbury Colonials were led by Kelsey Reilly, who had eight kills and two digs, and Courtney Keniffick, with 13 assists. The Colonials dropped their second straight decision after a 3-0 loss to Wachusett on Tuesday.
Westborough will next face North Middlesex at home on Tuesday. Shrewsbury will next be in action Monday at home against Hudson.