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Volleyball Bears sweep the week, remain undefeated


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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers
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October 13, 2021
BRISTOL — The Newfound volleyball team continues its championship defense in style, remaining unbeaten heading into the penultimate week of the regular season.

"The girls are working hard to meet their goals of finishing each match strong and preparing for the playoffs," said coach Amy Fairbank, who offered up her thanks to JV coach Tanya Jollie and Athletic Trainer Kelsey Cote, who kept her up to date with stats and information and guided the team through games while she was away from the team.

On Oct. 2, the Bears had a great start to open the full day of games at Newfound. Newfound came through with a 3-0 win by scores of 25-16, 25-6, 25-9.

"They had a good fan base and brought a lot of energy and spirit and came out the victors against Belmont," said Fairbank.

Malina Bohlmann had 10 kills to lead the offense, while Paulina Huckins added seven kills and Emalie Ruiter had five kills. Mikayla Ulwick added 23 assists and four aces and Huckins added five aces.

On Tuesday, Oct. 5, the Bears had a makeup game with Franklin, a match that had started back in September but had to be stopped when the power went out at Newfound. The two teams had met just a week or so earlier, so the Bears were prepared coming in and won 25-10, 25-12, 25-8.

"(We) flowed well and went right in attacking the ball," Fairbank said. "Paulina Huckins really took the lead with the team and had a dominating night."

Huckins finished with 12 kills on the night and Ulwick added six aces.

The next night, the Bears traveled to Mascoma for a match and returned home with a 25-4, 25-9, 25-13 win.

"Their program has been getting stronger and stronger every year and we didn't know what we were coming into," said Fairbank. "But from what I saw as I watched from home, we were ready to jump into play. The girls were pumped up and energized to start the game."

Ulwick and Danielle Walker each had five aces and Bohlmann and Huckins each had seven kills.

The team traveled to Nute to finish up the week and came up with another win.

"They were fired up and looking to keep the winning streak alive," Fairbank said. "Nute had height on their team, but our offense was on and attacking the ball and they struggled to defend the hits. We put the ball in play and just finished the rally more than the other team."

Mia LeBrun had nine service aces, Bolhmann had 14 kills, Huckins had seven kills and Ulwick had 23 assists.

The Bears will be in action on Friday, Oct. 15, at Moultonborough at 6:15 p.m. and will be. Hosting Kennett on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 6:15 p.m.

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

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