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Rockets Review: Rockets Soar as Fall Season Continues

Five Needham teams remained undefeated last week.

By Micah Hauben, NHS Director of Athletics

Needham High School's fall sports programs continued to excel in a week that saw five teams stay undefeated and all teams move to at least .500 on the young season. 

Girls swimming and diving, girls soccer, boys and girls cross country and football all have yet to lose, while golf (two wins), girls volleyball (one win), boys soccer (one win) and field hockey (one win), each had strong weeks as well. 

The NHS cheerleaders and dance team were in action at the football team's 42-7 win over Braintree on Friday night, Sept. 21, with the dance team also being recognized for their 2012 State Championship at halftime. 

Cross Country

For information about the cross country team's success and accomplishments, check out the following blog the coaches have put together: http://www.needhamrunning.blogspot.com.

Girls Volleyball

With Needham ranked No. 15 and Weymouth ranked No. 19, the girls volleyball team won last week's game against Weymouth 3-1 (with scores of 25-20, 25-23, 21-25 and 25-21). Head coach Peter Arsenault had this to say:

This time around, Weymouth came out with good consistent play. Needham overall was ready with full intensity and fought hard for every point on defense, which allowed Needham to get the few extra points they needed to finish the game.

Weymouth did a good job getting the ball over the net and was able to take advantage of some defensive and transition errors on Needham's side. Needham was able to keep the lead in most of the sets, but Weymouth kept it close the whole game. Weymouth was able to take the lead in game 2, but Needham was able to get a final push to take game 2. Once again Needham had the lead for majority of game 3, but after a few errors in the end when Needham had a 21-18 lead, Weymouth was able to come back and take game 3.

With some strong serves by senior outside hitter Karolina Serhan (6 service aces, 14 service points, 10 kills, and 2 blocks for the game) and strong hustle and smart play by senior setter Becca Stormberg (31 assists), Needham was able to come back strong from a 6-point deficit to finish game 4 out to take the win. 

Needham 5-2 (3-2 league) will next host Braintree at 5:15 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 24.

Boys Soccer

Head coach Don Brock had this to say about the boys soccer team's performance last week:

This past week, the boys soccer team played two undefeated Bay State teams, Weymouth and Braintree. In the Weymouth game, senior captain Mac Steeves scored a blistering shot from 25 yards out to take the lead late in the game. However, with 5 minutes left in the game, Weymouth scored on a penalty shot for the 1-1 tie. 

The team next traveled to take on the first-place Braintree squad. After a scoreless first half, sophomore Aram Ouligian scored his first varsity goal on a beautiful assist from senior Nolan Brady. Nolan did it again, feeding senior Brandon Miskin for the final goal of the game and the 2-0 win. Senior goalie Kevin MacMillan had a great game in the net.

The varsity record is now 3-1-2, while the JV team moved its record up to 6-0.

Check http://nhs.needham.k12.ma.us/athletics for full team schedules.

Rockets Review is a weekly update distributed by email by Needham High School Director of Athletics Micah Hauben and published with permission on Needham Patch. Additional athletics information can be found on the NHS Athletic Department Web site.

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