By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Blue Knights boys volleyball team (7-2) rebounded from their second loss of the season to salvage the week with a win over Simsbury to split the week.
Southington battled for every point in the first game at Newington, but they still came away with a two-point loss, 25-23. On Tuesday, April 28, all four games were decided by four points or fewer, but Southington fell to the Indians, 3-1, in their first of two meetings that will likely decide the conference title.
“It was close, competitive, and there was no emotion involved with it. It was like who was going to make the least amount of errors, and we made two more errors than they did,” said Southington coach Lou Gianacopolos.
Southington led for some of game two, but lost, 25-21. Southington trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with a 25-23 win in game three, but fell in the fourth game, 27-25, to lose the series.
“Game three came by and we were really competitive and didn’t miss as many serves as we did in games one and two,” said the coach. “In game four were up 22-17 and were doing very well, but then there was a change in momentum and we lost.”
Mark Horanzy stormed the net with 13 kills and three aces on 14 serves. Brian Durocher (20) and Adam Viviano (19) combined for 39 assists. Mike Aberizk (5 digs), Tom Del Buono (5 digs), and Adam Brush (3 blocks) contributed.
The Knights gave the Indians 57 points out of 100, due to unforced errors that ultimately came as a weakness to the Knights in the end.
Southington stormed back on Friday with a 3-0 shutout of Simsbury. The Knights were without Viviano in the match, but still managed to dominate.
“We over powered them offensively,” said Gianacopolos. They only have a 13-man roster. They have very good young talent that’s developing, but we just caught them away. We passed tremendously tonight. Ball control and putting the ball away was good.”
Dan Normandin stepped up for the Knights and took the role of attack, leading the Knights with eight kills and five aces. Durocher distributed 28 assists. Horanzy and Ian Powell anchored the defense with five digs apiece.
The Knights look to clinch a post season berth next week in the second match of the season against the Maloney Spartans (5-5).