By BRIAN JENNINGS
The Blue Knights boys volleyball team (11-7) tussled for two losses and a win in three straight days.
The Knights suffered their third-straight loss to Farmington (16-3), 3-0, on the road on Tuesday, May 19. The Knights won the first meeting between both teams last month, 3-2.
Adam Brush and Mark Horanzy (4 digs, 2 blocks) scored six kills apiece. Adam Viviano set up 22 assists. Dan Normandin served up five aces, and Tim Cocozza anchored the defense with five digs. Mike Aberizk (4 digs), and Nate Kane had two blocks apiece.
“Southington is Farmington’s number one rival,” said Southington coach Lou Gianacopolos. “We know it’s a competitive match and I look forward to it…The first time we played them, they were missing their big middle. Their setting is amazing and is always on point, so their attackers can really take some chances. Those risks that they took offensively paid off for them.”
The Knights continued out on the road the next day with a visit to the Bulkeley/HMTCA co-op team (5-13) in Hartford. The Knights ended a three-game losing skid with a 3-0 win.
Aberizk had five kills, five digs, and served up seven aces. Horanzy had four kills. Jordan Meier dished out 14 assists, and Brush had two solo blocks.
“We played everyone in the lineup and kids we brought up from JV,” the coach said. “Our starters played the first game and then I sat them to let them rest up. Two games after that, I played our second and third team as well.”
The Knights returned to their home floor on Thursday and suffered a 3-1 loss to Glastonbury (15-2). Glastonbury won the first meeting between both teams earlier this month, 3-0.
Horanzy paced the Knights with 15 kills and 11 digs. Brush had seven kills, and Aberizk had seven digs. Viviano distributed 30 assists.
“After game one, we realized that we needed to make a change in the style of our offense for game two,” said the coach. “We adjusted it, made it quicker, and their defense didn’t have time to catch up to it.”
Instead of being out for the rest of the season with an injury, Tom Del Buono might return to the lineup before the end of the regular season. The Knights wrap up the regular season when they take on Lewis Mills (9-9) on their home court this week.