Spikers qualify for state tourney


Since losing to East Hartford, 3-1, last month, the Blue Knights (8-1) have won four-straight matches, taking three on the road this past week, and reserving a seat for the Class L tournament.

Volleyball 1Southington trekked to Trumbull (7-5) on Monday, April 25 for their first road game of the season, and they outlasted the Eagles in five sets, 3-2. The Eagles took sets one and three handily, 25-11, 25-16, but the Knights forced the match to go the full five sets after taking the second and fourth set, 26-24, 25-21.

Southington prevailed in the fifth set, 15-9.

Mike Aberizk (3 blocks) anchored the Knights with 15 kills and went 13-for-14 serving with three aces. Jordan Meier (31 assists, 12 digs) went 16-for-16 serving with two aces. Brian Durocher (16 digs, 6 kills) went 18-for-18 serving with two aces.

Devin Prive (7 blocks, 6 kills), Louis Gianacopolos Jr. (5 kills, 20 digs), Tim Cocozza (12 digs), and Jack Dietz (6 kills) contributed.

A couple days later, Southington set out for Hartford and defeated Bulkeley-HMTCA Co-op at the Bulkeley Field House, 3-0. The Knights won, 25-7, 25-11, 25-23.

Aberizk (6 digs) paced the Knights with seven kills. Gianacopolos (8 assists) went 12-for-13 behind the line with four aces. Meier (18 assists, 3 blocks) went 7-for-9 serving with three aces.

Dietz (6 kills, 3 blocks), Prive (4 kills, 3 blocks), Cocozza (5 digs), and Andrew Chavez (4 digs) contributed.

On Friday, Southington wrapped up the week with their second-straight shutout, sweeping Simsbury, 25-9, 25-13, 25-21. The win qualified the Knights for the postseason.

Aberizk attacked the net with eight kills. Cocozza went 10-for-10 serving with two aces. Durocher (5 kills) went 11-for-13 serving with two aces. Gianacopolos (4 assists, 2 digs) went 14-for-15 serving with two aces.

Dietz (4 kills, 3 blocks), Prive (3 kills, 3 blocks), Meier (16 assists), and Evan D’Agostino (3 digs) contributed.

The Knights will look to build on their four-game win streak and fight for better seeding in the tournament with games this week against Maloney (5-4), Glastonbury (4-4), and Simsbury (4-6). Southington is currently ranked third in the Class L seedings.

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