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Bears battle back to defeat Winnisquam

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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers
October 15, 2020
TILTON — The Newfound volleyball team rallied to pick up a hard-fought win over Winnisquam last Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Things didn't start out so well for the visiting Bears, as they lost 25-17 and 25-19 in the first two sets to fall behind.

"We came in flat and our regular lineup just wasn't producing what it normally does," said coach Amy Fairbank. "The first game I chalked it up to just a slow warm-up but when the second game had the same results, I knew that we would be done in a third game if we didn't mix things up."

Fairbank made some adjustments going into the third game and the team adjusted nicely, taking a 25-18 win to get back in the match.

"I think it rattled Winnisquam a little, but being up a game, I didn't think that was enough to cruise into a win," Fairbank said. "However, we came off that win in the third game and went into the fourth game so much more aggressive."

Newfound won the fourth game 25-13 and then closed things out with a 15-7 win to get the 3-2 victory.

"Winnisquam is a very tough competitor for us and we have a hard time overcoming a deficit with them," Fairbank said.

The Bears had just three service errors on the night, including five players with no service errors. Shyann Seymour and Bailey Fairbank both banked five aces from the service line. Fairbank had 13 kills, Paulina Huckins had eight kills and Emalie Ruiter finished with six kills. Malina Bohlmann led the way in blocks for Newfound.

Newfound will be in action today, Oct. 15, at home against Franklin, and then plays a pair with Moultonborough, at home on Monday, Oct. 19, and on the road on Thursday, Oct. 22, all with 6:15 p.m. scheduled start times.

Sports Editor Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or josh@salmonpress.news.

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