Salem, Dover power into state volleyball final
Salem's Olivia Burke drives the ball against Merrimack during NHIAA Division I Vollyball Semifinals at Pinkerton Academy Tuesday in Derry. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Salem, the No. 3 seed in this year’s tournament, beat No. 2 seed Merrimack 3-1 in a semifinal on Tuesday night at Pinkerton Academy. The Blue Devils will meet Dover, which beat Alvirne of Hudson 3-1 in the other semi, in Saturday’s title match (7 p.m.) at Pinkerton.
The games were alternately one-sided and close. Salem went on a 20-6 run to win the first game. In the second game, neither team led by more than one point until the last point.
Salem coach John Roemer said some people didn’t expect his team to go deep in the tourney, so the girls don’t worry about the score and just play their game.
Said Merrimack coach Tammy Lambrou: “I think it was nerves. When Salem would get close we couldn’t settle down enough.
Alyssa Kolbert added eight kills, and Ashley Matthews notched five aces and 18 digs. Rachel Towler had 38 assists. Olivia Burke added 11 kills.
Dover 3, Alvirne 1
The Green Wave (21-0) showed why they are the top seeds in the tourney with a 28-30, 25-14, 25-17, 25-18 victory in the late semifinal. Six-footer Molly Wotten had 32 kills for Dover. Lisa Bean added 18, and Megan Priester had 12. Mackenzie Geppert had a whopping 55 assists.
“We gave them everything we had tonight,” said Alvirne coach Joe Walz.