Posts Tagged ‘ volleyball ’

All for one, one for all; Lady Knights are looking for mental toughness

September 12, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer The sophomores took their lumps last fall. The juniors were stretched to their limits against a tough conference schedule. The Lady Knight volleyball players had to fight for everything they had last season as they navigated a tough schedule with just one senior in their lineup. Last year was all…

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August 15, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Denise Archacki-Ingriselli’s reprieve ran out when former Lady Knight softball coach Joe Piazza signaled to his smiling outfielder halfway through her rookie season. Southington’s starting shortstop was being helped from the varsity field by her teammates with a season-ending injury, and Southington’s hopes for their first championship banner seemed to…

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Knights reach the finals; Young spikers charge into the championship game

June 18, 2014
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Knights reach the finals; Young spikers charge into the championship game

By John Goralski Sports Writer Ridgefield funneled the offense to their 6-foot-5 center, and the Blue Knights countered with a make-shift block. The Tigers shifted the next pass through their outsides, and Southington’s blockers shifted back to meet the charge. On Thursday, June 12, Southington’s big man sat helplessly with his ankle wrapped on the…

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1 more game to go; Spikers still haven’t clinched CCC tourney

May 30, 2014
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1 more game to go; Spikers still haven’t clinched CCC tourney

By John Goralski Sports Writer 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,…

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Finally flipping the switch; Volleyball shifts their focus toward postseason fun

May 23, 2014
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Finally flipping the switch; Volleyball shifts their focus toward postseason fun

By John Goralski Sports Writer Lou Gianacopolos had seen enough, so he motioned for a timeout and gathered his young team. “Just go out and play,” the coach said with a forced smile. “Just play to win the point…and have fun.” Just two days earlier, they fell to Newington for the second time this season.…

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Pieces of the Puzzle; Knights are building to the tourney

May 16, 2014
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Pieces of the Puzzle; Knights are building to the tourney

By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Lou Gianacopolos is approaching the season like a cross word enthusiast attacks the Sunday paper, and he’s been slowly chipping away at the answer. This week, the Knight coach learned a little more about his growing squad. They dispatched their first opponent easily. They rebounded from a win to…

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There’s no time for practice; Volleyball sweeps through three games in three days

May 2, 2014
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There’s no time for practice; Volleyball sweeps through three games in three days

By John Goralski Sports Writer With a 2-0 lead after two games, Blue Knight coach Lou Gianacopolos shuffled volleyball players in and out of the lineup like a Las Vegas blackjack dealer. There was no urgency in the game, but Gianacopolos was urgently shifting his rotation. With three games in as many days, Gianacopolos wasn’t…

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Boys Volleyball sweeps early road trip

April 26, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Two weeks in, and the Knights have yet to lose a game. Two weeks in, and the Knights have yet to play at home. Southington swept past Bloomfield and Daniel Hand last week to improve to 3-0 in the early season. Now, the Knights will turn their sights to their…

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Finish what they started; New faces, same old championship goals

April 4, 2014
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By John Goralski Sports Writer Coach Lou Gianacopolos still flinches when he’s asked about Southington’s loss in the state semifinals last spring. They were leading late in the game. They were one point from a championship berth, but somehow managed to fall. It has plagued his every thought for the past 10 months. “If you…

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Senior night celebration; Lady Knights score a big upset in season finale

November 2, 2013
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Senior night celebration; Lady Knights score a big upset in season finale

By John Goralski Sports Writer On Friday, Oct. 25, Lady Knight volleyball coach Rich Heitz stood, stunned, at the bench while his team swarmed the center of the court in celebration. The single number etched across the gym wall for senior night festivities drove home the point that Southington is still a young and up-and-coming…

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