The Coginchaug Regional High School volleyball team closed out its regular season with a match against second-place Shoreline Conference team Valley Regional. Despite a 3-2 loss, the Lady Blue Devils finished the season with a sterling record of 15-5, good enough for fourth place in the conference. Also, the local girls earned the sixth seed in the CIAC Class S state tournament. There, Coginchaug advanced all the way to the semifinals, where it fell to Lyman Memorial, 3-0, Tuesday.
The Lady Blue Devils were led this season by senior captains Julia Filiaut and Demarie Del Vecchio.
Heading into the state tournament, middle hitters Emily Clancy and Molly Shields had 28 and 32 blocks, respectively.
Right side hitter and setter Gabrielle Kozik had 127 kills over 57 sets, and 181 assists. Setter Lyndsey Taylor had 145 assists and 71 aces in 59 matches. Libero Bailey Zettergren was second in the league with 330 digs in her 61 sets played and manufactured 32 serving aces. She was followed by Del Vecchio, who had 133 digs and 25 serving aces. Hitters Filiault, Julianna DeFilio and Stephanie Finaldi had 28, 27 and 23 kills, respectively, and Finaldi added eight assists. Outside hitter Raina Kurek ended the regular season with 26 kills. Middle Michaela Grenier had 25 kills and four blocks.
In addition to the two senior captains, the Lady Blue Devils will lose senior defensive specialist Claire Sorenson and senior middle hitter Emily Clancy.
Despite these losses, the team anticipates another strong showing next season.