WEDNESDAY SCHOLASTICS: Area volleyball teams come up aces; Southington’s Izzo breaks school mark

WALLINGFORD — Lyman Hall didn’t dwell long on its rivalry volleyball loss to Sheehan.

The Trojans bounced right back on Wednesday night to knock off Shelton in a SCC five-setter on their home floor.

LH jumped out to a 2-0 lead with matching wins of 25-22. Shelton rallied 25-21 and 25-15 before the Trojans closed it out 15-6.

Mackenzie Grady was once again a force at both ends of the floor for Lyman Hall with 25 digs and 15 kills.

So was Callie Chordas. She had 13 digs and 12 kills.

Keera Reed registered 15 digs. Setter Shakira Villanueva racked up 30 assists as LH improved to 7-8.

Southington 3, South Windsor 2: Fresh from their triumph at the VolleyHall Classic, the Blue Knights outlasted South Windsor at home to improve to 9-4 and knock the Bobcats to 9-5.

It was a see-saw affair worth seeing. South Windsor took the opening set 25-22. Southington responded with matching rounds of 25-15 to go up 2-1. South Windsor took the fourth set 25-22 to force a fifth.

There, the Blue Knights prevailed 15-7.

With setter Haley Weiner dishing 46 assists, Southington got double-digit kills from Adriana Palmieri (14), Gabby Ferreira (10) and Morgan Birdsey (10).

Palmieri, Ferreira and Weiner also had big nights defensively. Palmieri notched 14 kills. Ferreira and Weiner had 12 apiece.

Libero Emma Pfanzelt led all defenders with 24 digs.

Up front, Katrina Possidento collected six kills and four blocks. Cami Wessels added six kills.

Wilcox Tech 3, Platt Tech 1: After the host Panthers evened the match with a 26-24 victory in Game 2, the Indians took command in Milford, winning the next set 25-4 and clinching 25-20 in the fourth.

The win was the fifth straight for Wilcox (8-5). 

Gia Alvarez backboned the victory with 21 service points, nine of them aces.

Marielissa Ortiz delivered seven service points and three kills.

Amarra Cruz put away three kills and set up six others. Maddie Borak contributed two kills and two aces.

Maloney 3, Tolland 0: The Spartans swept their way to 11-3, winning the CCC matchup in Meriden by game scores of 25-17, 25-18 and 25-16.

Savannah Bernabucci added another double-double to her ledger with 16 kills and 12 digs.

Setter Gracey Massicotte landed eight kills and six aces while also dealing 18 assists.

Stephanie Cicio contributed 12 digs and Peyton Pulaski planted three kills. Both girls had four aces.

Cheshire 3, Career 0: The Rams may have dipped a notch in this week’s state coaches poll, but they didn’t drop anything on the court Tuesday in New Haven, sweeping the Panthers 25-3, 25-9, 25-11 to improve to 14-0.

Amelia Perlini led the way with seven assists and six aces. Alex Lucas was good for five aces and three kills, while Lizzie Braun put down three of each.

Charlee Naglee added four aces from the service line. Lila Watkinson had a pair of blocks and kills.

Though still unbeaten, the Rams slipped to No. 3 in the coaches poll as Darien (10-0) moved up behind No. 1 Greenwich (12-0).

Cross country

Southington: Jackie Izzo set a new school record when she ran a 17:53 at Northwest Catholic on Tuesday.

The senior, who also holds Southington girls track records in the 1600 (5:01.5) and the 1-mile (5:01.74), is the first Lady Knight to go under 18 minutes in a cross country 5K.

Against Northwest Catholic, it fueled a 20-40 victory over the Lions. Izzo’s teammate Jess Lombardo placed second in 20:09. Emma Talon was fourth in 21:30, Megan Bissoni sixth in 21:36 and Ava Egan seventh in 22:48.

The boys race was won by Southington’s Grayson Borla, who crossed in 16:32. 

Borla led a sweep of the top five spots for Southington in the 15-50 triumph. Jake Nafis was the runner-up in 16:48 and he was followed by Logan Miceli (16:54), Brendan Leone (17:54) and Chris Regalbuti (18:02).

Cheshire: The Rams went 1-2 Tuesday in a SCC quad at the Surf Club in Madison. The Rams beat Hamden. They fell to Branford and host Hand.

Hand’s Jack O'Keefe covered the 3-mile course in 16:10.

Scorers for Cheshire were Tyler Caron (17:05), Colin Grevelding (17:43), Daniel D'Souza (17:45), Luca Borz Baba (18:06) and Jeremiah Mann (18:35). 

Field hockey

Conard 3, Southington 0: The host Chieftains staked themselves to a 1-0 lead by halftime, then put the CCC crossover victory away with two goals in the fourth quarter.

Leah Nelson scored twice for Conard (7-2-1). Sarah Gallagher also found the back of the cage.

Morgan Lasek recorded seven saves for Southington (4-6-1).


Northwest Catholic 163, Southington 176: James Mullarkey shot a 39 to edge Southington’s Patrick DiPace by one stroke for the medal and lead the host Lions to the CCC West decision at Wampanoag Country Club.

Ryan O’Donnell and Brooke Zajac both shot 44 for Southington. Kyle Raia came in with a 48.

Girls soccer

Wilcox Tech 2, Platt Tech 0: Angela Zandri and Natalie Strout took turns setting each other up for goals and Joyce Vecchitto made seven saves in net in the latest triumph for the Tribe, a CTC decision on Tuesday in Milford.

The winner of three straight, Wilcox is 7-2-1.

Girls swimming

Meriden Co-op 77, Plainville 65: The Spartans put away the Blue Devils in a CCC South meet at Maloney to raise their record to 5-2 overall and 2-1 in the division.

Sarah Kim was a spark. The freshman won the 50-yard freestyle in 27.71 and the 100 butterfly in 1:08.25.

Kamryn Yepez kicked off the first-place 200 medley relay and later touched first in the 100 backstroke (1:14.26).

Yepez was joined on the medley by Madelyn Fitzgerald, Avery Benigni and Katelyn Park. The quartet combined on a 2:10.49.

Fitzgerald added a fast time of 1:23.11 in the 100 breaststroke and Benigni brought home the 200 free (2:19.59).

Also for Meriden, Rylie Benigni captured the 200 IM (2:29.86) and Emma Roderick won the 500 freestyle (6:22.70).

Southington 89, Newington 71: Ella Nadeau and Julia Laszewski won two individual events apiece and swam on two first-place relays to lead the Lady Knights (5-1) to the CCC West triumph at the Southington YMCA.

Nadeau and Laszewski capped the win by teaming with Emma Jekubovich and Kendall Noonan for a 4:06.26 in the 400 freestyle relay.

Prior to that, Nadeau brought home the 100 free (56.85), the 200 free (2:03.66) and anchored the 200 free relay (1:51.92).

Nadeau was joined on that 200 free relay by Mariam Labadze, Jekubovich and Kyra Nguyen. Labadze combined with Laszewski, Reaghan Samson and Alexis Strong on the meet-opening 200 medley (2:05.38).

Laszewski went on to capture the 100 butterfly (1:07.24) and 100 backstroke (1:07.50).

Strong touched first in the 50 free (26:46) and Nguyen aced the 200 IM (2:30.19). Noonan’s time of 5:50.13 won the 500 free.

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