Throughout the first two sets of the Division 1 South semi-final on Friday, June 1, the Newton North boys seemed to anticipate every move the Needham High School Rockets made—blocking, reaching and diving at just the right moment. Newton North easily defeated the visiting team 25-13 and 25-12 to take a quick 2-0 lead.
In the third set, Needham started to pick up on the skill and intuition Newton displayed in the first two sets. The Tigers, on the other hand, stumbled—making small but costly mistakes that resembled much of the Rockets' efforts in the first two sets.
Slowly but surely, the Tigers clawed their way back to the top, tearing into a six-point streak before Needham managed to pause the scoring run at 18-15.
After a brief time out, the Tigers finished strong while Needham only answered with three more points. The final set ended at 25-18 and the Tigers moved into the South Div. 1 finals with a 3-0 win.
Needham's season, which featured a team with six seniors, ends at 17-5. Meanwhile, the Tigers improve to 18-1 before heading into the finals against their cross-town rivals, who are currently 16-6.
The date, time and location of the South Div. 1 finals have not yet been announced.
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