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VOLLEYBALL: Dudley, Panthers drive past Lewis Mills; Spartans also post a sweep; Blue Knights rock in 5

MERIDEN — Platt senior Eva Dudley pounded down 19 kills and added three digs, two aces and a block as the Panthers defeated Lewis Mills 3-0 in a CCC South volleyball matchup at Platt High School on Monday night.

Game scores were 25-19, 25-16 and 25-14, a result put Platt at 1-1 after Friday night’s 3-2 season-opening loss to Berlin.

Platt setter Jacie Carrero quarterbacked the victory, dishing 25 assists. Estrella De La Cruz and Zanaida Bon added four kills apiece.

Anna Gostkowski was a factor with five aces and four digs.

“It was an early game and there weren’t a lot of people there at the start,” Platt coach Adam Viviano said. “We went up 6-1 in the first set and that settled us in, especially after that Berlin game last week. The second set we went on a couple of service runs and Eva found her groove and put a few balls away.

“Anna went on a run serving that propelled us in the last set,” Viviano added.

Maloney 3, Middletown 0: While the Panthers were posting their CCC South sweep on the West Side, the Spartans were doing the same on the East Side, downing the Blue Dragons 25-20, 25-10 and 25-22.

Both teams are 1-1.

Maloney flummoxed Middletown at the service line. Keren Crespo and Ava Matias had five aces each. Emma Bacote put down four and Celina Cardona cashed in with three.

Cardona (12) and Bacote (5) also combined for 17 assists. Crespo and Matias had four kills apiece.

Southington 3, Simsbury 2: The Blue Knights went the distance in the CCC West win in Simsbury.

In the process of chalking up a 26-24, 19-25, 25-21, 19-25, 15-13 decision, Southington put up some staggering numbers:

*Cami Wessels collected 22 kills and 10 digs;

*Alyssa Ferreira tracked down 32 digs.

The Blue Knights also got 12 digs from Megan Smith and 11 kills from Natalee Grindle. 

Etta Rocco (5) and Katrina Possidento (4) combined for nine kills.

Southington (1-1) is right back on the road for a non-conference matchup in Stamford against Westhill on Tuesday night.

North Haven 3, Lyman Hall 2: Down two games to one, the Trojans battled back to take Game 4 and force a decisive fifth, where the visiting Nighthawks pulled away 15-8 to score the SCC crossover victory in Wallingford.

Game scores were 14-25, 25-11, 25-20, 22-25 and 15-8.

North Haven improved to 2-1. Lyman Hall, which opened the season with a 3-2 loss at Hamden, fell to 0-2.

LH setter Casey Mordecai dished 19 assists and served four aces. 

Jorja Trocchio led the defense with nine digs. Illana Green generated seven kills and one block at the net.

Avery Berney and Chandler Morris had eight kills apiece for North Haven. Berney also delivered seven digs and four aces. Alyssa Ferriouolo was a rock on D with 23 digs.

Bullard-Havens 3, Wilcox Tech 0: The Tigers posted a 25-18, 25-22, 25-23 CTC sweep in Meriden to spoil the debut of the Wildcats under first-year coach Karina Torres.

Gladys Rodriguez was on her game defensively for the Wildcats. The junior piled up 18 digs.

Wilcox also got three kills and three aces from senior Luz Tapia. 


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