Posts Tagged ‘ volleyball ’

Spikers clinch the postseason

October 10, 2014
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By John Goralski
Sylwia Lewkowicz scores a kill during a 3-0 win over Conard on Wednesday, Oct. 1.

By John Goralski Sports Writer When the Lady Knight volleyball team dropped the first set during games against Simsbury and Maloney, it ended up costing them a win, so now that Southington has survived their toughest stretch, coaches aren’t ready to rest on their laurels. Instead, coaches have turned up the heat for pregame workouts.…

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Regaining momentum; Volleyball finishes key stretch with a trio of wins

October 3, 2014
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By John Goralski
Maryssa Romano scores a kill during a 3-1 win over Simsbury on Sept. 22.

By John Goralski Sports Writer At the start of the season, two weeks were circled on the schedule. Coach Rich Heitz made no bones about it. If the Knights were going to improve on last year’s season, they would have to survive this torrid stretch. A loss to Farmington began it. A five-point fall at…

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Brutal tests; Volleyball loses to Farmington; pushes BE to 5 games

September 26, 2014
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By John Goralski
Caroline Barry attacks the net during a 3-0 loss to Farmington.

By John Goralski Sports Writer Southington opened the week with a 3-0 loss to Farmington. They ended the week with a five-game loss at Bristol Eastern. Nestled in between was a victory over Hall that pushed the Knights to four games. Most teams have to wait for the postseason to be pushed to their limits.…

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Girls sweep; Volleyball opens with 3 victories

September 19, 2014
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By John Goralski
Morgan McCarthy sets Kelsea Allen during a 3-0 win over Lewis Mills on Sept. 10.

By John Goralski Sports Writer In the first game, Southington fought off a pesky conference opponent on the road. The next day, they avenged a loss from last season. On Friday, the girls overwhelmed their third opponent by dominating at the net. There’s still a lot of volleyball to be played before Southington’s annual postseason…

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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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Former Lady Knight shortstop Denise Archacki-Ingriselli tries to stop a baserunner at second base during the late 1970s.

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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By John Goralski
Peter Masters sets the ball during a loss to Ridgefield in the Class L finals.

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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By John Goralski
Senior co-captains Peter Masters, left, and Dan Connolly fight for a dig during a 3-0 win over Hand on senior night.

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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By John Goralski
Nate Keen scores a kill during a 3-0 win over Maloney on Monday, May 12.

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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By John Goralski
Peter Masters, left, and Nate Keen, right, combine for a block against Glastonbury.

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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