NAUGATUCK — The Platt volleyball team put up monster numbers on Thursday night and they added up to a 3-1 upset of Naugatuck in the second round of the CIAC Class L touurnament.
After splitting the opening games, the No. 13 Panthers pulled away from the No. 4 Greyhounds 25-14, 16-25, 25-18 and 25-23.
Platt improved to 14-6 and advances to Saturday’s quarterfinals to take on No. 5 Guilford (21-3), the SCC conference champion, at 6 p.m.
On Thursday, with senior setter Caitlyn Hart piling up 46 assists, the Panthers mounted a multi-headed attack against Naugatuck.
Three players were in double figures for kills, led by junior middle Aaliyah Burnley’s 20. Fellow juniors Ashlee Long and Jazmir Hudson had 13 and 12, respectively.
Defensively, Platt was just as balanced in ending Naugatuck’s season at 18-3. Hudson led the way with a season-high 28 digs. Caitlyn Hart had 18 and her younger sister, freshman Emily Hart, collected 15.
Junior Victoria Talento got to 11 digs and shared the team lead in aces at four with senior Mylashia Armour.
In Guilford, the Panthers will go up against an Indians squad coming off a 3-0 second-round sweep of Daniel Hand.
While the Panthers advanced in Class L, the area’s two Class LL squads were eliminated on Thursday by FCIAC teams, both by a 3-0 count. No. 9 Cheshire fell to No. 8 Trumbull, while No. 23 Southington succumbed to No. 7 Fairfield Ludlowe.
Cheshire’s game scores were 25-23, 25-14 and 25-16. Southington’s were 25-20, 25-14 and 25-17.
For the Rams, the Trumbull match was the finale for seniors Emma Watkinson (14 assists, 7 digs, 6 kills), Ari Perlini (17 digs), Lindsey Abramson (7 digs, 6 kills) and Julia Bartiet (7 kills). Cheshire closed at 17-6.
Southington’s season ended at 10-11.