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Milford High boys volleyball coach Andrew Mainini opens outdoor league

Milford High boys volleyball coach Andrew Mainini opens outdoor league

MILFORD — With the sound of wet grass squishing beneath his feet on Monday night, Andrew Mainini stood before a collection of Milford, Nipmuc and Bellingham boys volleyball players outside of Milford High School.

The Milford High boys volleyball coach watched on during the second night of his first annual Milford Grass Volleyball League.

“This is probably as good of a turnout as I could have expected for our first year,” said Mainini, a 2007 Milford High alum. “I think once word gets out, we’re gonna have even more interest. I’m expecting a big turnout next summer.”

Milford High boys volleyball coach Andrew Mainini watches on July 12, 2021, during action at a grass volleyball league he helps to run during the summer outside Milford High School.

A little over a year ago, when the COVID-19 pandemic was at its peak and spring sports were canceled, Milford High alumni chose to put a net up behind their old school and play matches on the grass. That’s when Mainini hatched an idea.

“I thought it’d be perfect for the high school guys, too,” said Mainini, who coached the Hopedale girls volleyball program for six years and now the Milford boys team for five. “When you play outdoors, you really focus because you have fewer people to rely on. It really challenges high school players to play smarter and quicker.”