By John Goralski
Southington has just two losses in the regular season. Only one team in the conference can boast a better record—the team that accounted for both Blue Knight losses.
The Blue Knight volleyball team has secured home field advantage in the upcoming Class L tournament with wins over Hand and Bulkeley, but the Knights still needs a win over Glastonbury in their regular season finale on Tuesday to secure a berth in the conference touranment.
If they win, they could host the quarterfinal round of the CCC tournament. If they lose, they might have to wait for the state brackets.
Southington swept the first meeting easily, but Hand was missing their big men. On Tuesday, May 20, the Knights proved it was no fluke.
The Knights were undersized at the net, but it didn’t slow them. Southington rallied for a 3-0 victory with a trio of lopsided wins, 25-6, 25-18, and 25-16.
“I prepared our guys to anticipate their size. We wanted to play hard and be ready for it, and we were calm,” said Blue Knight coach Lou Gianacopolos. “We did a very good job tonight. We kept our composure, and we had a goal. We didn’t super exceed it, but we handled them well.”
Nate Keen scored seven kills and two blocks at the net. Adam Brush added six kills and a block as 10 different players combined for 78 attacks and 30 kills. Peter Masters distributed 27 assists. Mark Horanzy (8 digs) and Tom DelBuono (5 digs) anchored the defense, and Southington swept the season series.
Bulkeley had no JV players and no one on the bench for varsity, so the final score was already determined before the Knights took the court on Wednesday. That allowed Gianacopolos to try something different on senior night.
“I was able to leave our senior guys on the court the entire time, and we were able to do some fun things like have our two outsides play middle and put our younger outsides out there,” he said. “We were able to do this in a game situation, and it was kind of fun.”
Masters still managed to lead the way with 24 assists. David Shaughnessy managed eight kills, and Dan Connolly scored six kills.
Southington won easily, 25-10, 25-10, and 25-3. The Knights made 21 hitting or serving errors, and that accounted for all but two of Bulkeley’s points.