Girls’ volleyball across Manchester remains winless

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Memorial’s Laura Jacques set to serve – photo/Andrew Sylvia

NASHUA, NH – The Manchester Memorial girls’ volleyball team remains without a won game in three matches, following a 3-0 shutout by the Titans of Nashua North on Wednesday night.

North took the first six points of the evening, building a lead as high as 14 points as they won the first game, 25-9. Memorial managed to keep things close early in the second game, splitting the first six points, but a vicious spike by Kelsey LaLiberte sent momentum back toward the Titans’ direction.

The Crusaders would grab just three more non-side out points for the rest of the night as the Titans easily won the second game 25-10 and then dominated the third game, 25-7.

Memorial Head Coach Tara Michaud was happy with the progress her team showed defensively, but noted that a lack of confidence prevented the Crusaders from bouncing back after momentum shifted in the second game.

“They got in their own heads. They started to doubt themselves, which made them mess up some things,” she said. “I hope to take one game and go from there. Each game we’re playing, we’re getting better and better.”

All four Manchester high school girls’ volleyball programs remain without a win and all four teams lost on Wednesday, with Manchester Central falling to Londonderry, Manchester West falling to Pelham and Trinity losing to Raymond. Trinity’s 3-1 loss to Raymond marks the first non-shutout loss for any of the four teams so far this year.

All four schools return to the court on Friday as Memorial (0-3) faces Londonderry (1-1) at home on at 5:15 p.m., Trinity (0-2) hosts Mascoma Valley (1-0) at 6:30 p.m., Central (0-2) hosts Goffstown (0-1) at 5:30 p.m. and West (0-2) will take on Somersworth (0-2) at 5:45 p.m.