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Raiders fall in opener, 3-0

  • Athol's Wyatt Doiron-LaRue (24) and Tyler Lajoy (3) attack to net against Ludlow's Tristan Lage 1) Monday at Mallet Gym in Athol, where the host Raiders fell in three sets to the visiting Lions in an independent boys' volleyball match.<br/>Recorder/Mike Phillips

    Athol's Wyatt Doiron-LaRue (24) and Tyler Lajoy (3) attack to net against Ludlow's Tristan Lage 1) Monday at Mallet Gym in Athol, where the host Raiders fell in three sets to the visiting Lions in an independent boys' volleyball match.
    Recorder/Mike Phillips

  • Athol's Erik Aikeyconnects with a serve Monday at Mallet Gym in Athol, where his host Raiders fell in three straight sets to the Lions of Ludlow in their independent boys' volleyball match.<br/>Recorder/Mike Phillips

    Athol's Erik Aikeyconnects with a serve Monday at Mallet Gym in Athol, where his host Raiders fell in three straight sets to the Lions of Ludlow in their independent boys' volleyball match.
    Recorder/Mike Phillips

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  • Athol's Wyatt Doiron-LaRue (24) and Tyler Lajoy (3) attack to net against Ludlow's Tristan Lage 1) Monday at Mallet Gym in Athol, where the host Raiders fell in three sets to the visiting Lions in an independent boys' volleyball match.<br/>Recorder/Mike Phillips
  • Athol's Erik Aikeyconnects with a serve Monday at Mallet Gym in Athol, where his host Raiders fell in three straight sets to the Lions of Ludlow in their independent boys' volleyball match.<br/>Recorder/Mike Phillips
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Even though it was a tough assignment, this was not the kind of opening day Athol High School envisioned.

Ludlow High School came to Mallet Gymnasium and showed why it will again be a contender for the western Massachusetts title by rolling to a 25-17, 25- 13, 25-16 victory over the Red Raiders in an independent boys’ volleyball match on Monday in Athol.

“We were a little rusty today,” said Athol head coach Donna Lajoie. “It’s a young team and they pulled back a bit today. Some spots I am reassessing. What I saw in practice didn’t necessarily show today. I may move people around.”

Sean Fournier recorded a match-high 13 kills and added 8 digs to lead the Lions (2-0 overall), who went 17-4 and advanced to the WMass finals before losing to eventual state champion Agawam High School.

Tristan Lage also aided the win with 10 digs and 3 kills, and Joe Forzano pitched in with 11 digs for Ludlow.

Tyler Lajoie paced the Raiders with 14 assists, 4 kills and an ace. Erik Aikey totaled 10 kills and 3 blocks, Lorenzo Carra finished with 10 assists and an ace, Nelson Leadbetter contributed 10 digs and Wyatt Doiron-LaRue collected 6 kills and a block.

Athol (0-1) will return to the court on Wednesday when it travels to Springfield School of Science & Technology at 5 p.m.

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