It was one of the most bizarre seasons that any Methuen High School sports team has had to date. While most sports played outside this fall and were not impacted by the renovations at the Larry Klimas Field House, the same can’t be said for the MHS girls volleyball team.
The Rangers have been perennial state title contenders under head coach Matt Twomey, but even the former Boston Globe Coach of the Year would admit that this challenge has been tougher than any Merrimack Valley Conference opponent could ever be.
And it appears that after 15 straight road matches, the Rangers were staring down a second straight year out of the playoffs after an epic run of appearances. . Down 2 game to zero at North Andover, the MVC’s top team, the Rangers came back from the brink of extinction to beat the Scarlet Knights three games in a row — 25-21, 25-17 and 15-13.
Sam Driend led the Rangers with 17 kills, 14 service points and five aces. Meghan Levesque had 15 kills and Emily Spina had 28 digs.
Next, the Rangers finally got to return home on Oct. 17, one of the first events held in the renovated Klimas.
The team made the most of the homecoming, taking down Swampscott, 3-0. Rosely Nunez led the way with 10 service points. Spina added 12 digs, Jillian McCoy and Driend had 7 kills apiece, and Rachel Bautista and Levesque had three block apiece.
After the win, McCoy and Nunez talked about the thrill of finally playing at home.
The next night, the Rangers clinched a playoff spot with a 3-0 win over MVC rival Chelmsford. The Lions put up a fight, but Methuen swept, 25-20, 25-23 and 25-23.
Levesque was the star of the win with 10 kills and four blocks, and was understandably excited and emotional when we caught up with her after the win.