GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: Sheehan sweeps rivalry match from Lyman Hall

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL: Sheehan sweeps rivalry match from Lyman Hall

Record-Journal


WALLINGFORD — Sheehan first-year volleyball coach Victoria Sperrazza sensed some nerves in her Titans during the opening set of Monday night’s home opener and rivalry clash with Lyman Hall.

Once the Titans began to relax, the points were plentiful as Sheehan swept a youthful Trojans squad 3-0 in the first of two meetings this fall.

Game scores were 25-19, 25-13 and 25-16 as Sheehan improved to 2-0 on the young campaign.

Sheehan used a balanced attack orchestrated by senior setter Kari Dietle, who dished out 13 assists. The bulk of the offense came off the hands of Sydney Hunt (5 kills), Carolyn Biel (4 kills) and Samantha Iannone (4 kills, 2 blocks). Junior libero Emily Musso contributed four digs.

“I’m proud of them,” Sperrazza said. “They seemed to just work really hard and had fun out there. I keep telling them to have fun because they play their best when they are having fun. They even said they were a little nervous and timid in the first game, but after a while they knew they had this. They know how to play and know what they can do and they crushed it.”

Sheehan got off to a hot start behind the serving of Biel, who spearheaded a 6-0 run.

LH senior Avery LaChance was a highlight for the Trojans in that first game. The outside hitter proved to be dangerous around the net all night. With a pair of blocks and a kill, she helped the Trojans erased a six-point deficit (13-7) midway though Game 1. Nicole Albert tied it 14-14 on an ace.

After that, it was all Sheehan.

The Titans responded with four straight points and ultimately ended the game on an 11-5 run. Iannone had a pair of aces during that final stretch of Game 1 and Biel ended it with a game-high four kills.

The Titans used an 11-2 run midway through Game 2 to cruise to a 20-9 advantage. The home team was getting production from everyone on the floor. A Hunt kill sealed it.

“We have such good camaraderie and we just play with our hearts on the floor,” Hunt said. “Even though we were nervous, we played 100 percent.”

Sperrazza served at the Titans JV coach last fall and took over when long-time coach Grace McCarthy stepped down.

“I think the girls all played well tonight,” Sperrazza said. “Emily Musso with her passing and defense was very strong. We have such power up from with Carolyn Biel and Sydney Hunt ... and Sam Iannone is just very consistent out there. It’s a lot of fun to watch them.”
Game 3 was more of the same. The Titans blitzed to a 9-3 advantage with more strong play from Iannone and some errors from the Trojans (1-1), who were hurt throughout by missed serves.

Albert finished the game with seven assists, five digs and an ace for LH. LaChance totaled five digs, four kills and two blocks.

“At some points we started out strong and then we kind of fell apart because of our lack of communication, and our serving was iffy,” LaChance said.

Lyman Hall’s roster is filled with underclassmen still adjusting to varsity volleyball. The Trojans were coming off a 3-1 victory over Hillhouse on Friday.

“It was a good start to the season,” Lyman Hall coach Karolina Wytrykowska said. “It’s still very early and we have to work out some kinks. When our serves are on and the hits are going in, our matches will be closer.

“This is a big rebuilding year for us, but this is good for the young kids to see the upperclassmen try hard. When things are clicking, it looks very good. We just have to look at being more consistent and keeping that level of play.”


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