By BRIAN JENNINGS
Sylwia Lewkowicz waited at the net like a six-foot-one python, coiled and ready to strike. The volleyball hung over the net, and Lewkowicz pounced. She leapt into the air and swatted the ball over the net for an easy kill.
The girls volleyball team (3-0, 3-0 in division) picked up right where they left off after opening the season with a 3-0 shutout over Windsor (0-3) by defeating Weaver (1-2) in their first home contest of the season on Wednesday night, Sept. 16, 3-0 (25-8, 25-4, 25-6), and achieving another 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-12) result at Simsbury a couple nights later on Friday night, Sept. 18.
“I wanted them to still play and serve aggressively, and I think we did that,” said Southington coach Rich Heitz. “We did that the other night against Windsor. There were kids on both sides working hard to try and score some points. No matter what the score is or who’s on the court, we want to try to play as hard as we can. Every time the ball comes over, it’s a chance to get a repetition and work on things as a team. I thought our defensive passing on the ball was good tonight.”
Against Weaver, Lewkowicz, Michelle Stublarec, and Megan Mahon paced the offense with four kills apiece.
“Megan did a nice job off the bench serving tonight,” said Heitz. “She’s trying to look for more consistency. Kelsea’s working to become more consistentm too.”
Sam Lohneiss served six aces on 16 attempts from behind the line and dished out eight assists. Stephanie Zera had eight assists as well. Nicole Groll and Emily Mankus each had a dig, and Morgan Raymond received five serves.
“We’re very deep as you can see,” said Heitz. “No matter who’s on the court, the skill level is comparable to each player. There can be some different lineups on any given night, but we’re very deep and they get along really well, which is key in any team sport.”
Against Simsbury, Lewkowicz returned to be an intimidating force in the air with 12 kills on 30 attempts. Groll served three aces on 10 attempts, as well as received 24 serves. She also recorded 11 digs. Kelsea Allen blocked four balls up front (three solo and one assisted), and Zera set up 26 assists.
“We’ll work on our passing, but I think tonight, it’s better than it’s been,” said Heitz. “When you get the passes to setters, setters can do nice things with it when you can get it to the middle. Passing and serving is such an important part of the game,” said Heitz. “We have strong servers and want to keep working on that.”
The Lady Knights are currently sitting in second place in the Blue Division of the Central Region, but it doesn’t get any easier with Glastonbury (3-0) and Hall (3-1) on the horizon before heading out to the annual John Jay Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 26.