CARL RUSSO PHOTOS: The Haverhill High volleyball team didn’t bring its “A” game to the Division 1 state semifinals at Billerica High School Tuesday night, November 16 and paid the consequences.

The second-seeded Hillies fell to a talented Newton North squad (18-2) in straight sets (26-24, 25-21, 25-12) to bow out of the tournament and end their season with an impressive 18-3 record.

“We’ve played better but that (Newton North) is a tough team and they deserved to win tonight,” said Haverhill coach Vincent Pettis. “That’s a really good team at attacking and blocking and we couldn’t stop them. We held them off the best we could.”