FARMINGTON – Southington continued its blistering start of the season on Monday night by knocking off previously unbeaten Farmington, 3-0, in a CCC West contest on the road.
The Blue Knights showcased each of their weapons and stingy defensive play in the sweep to improve to 5-0 on the season.
Outside hitter Tim Walsh was the catalyst piling up the aces and kills early and often as Southington won by game scores 25-14, 25-21 and 25-21.
Walsh, who finished with a match-high 15 kills, served a 6-0 run early in the open set as the visitor set the tone early. Walsh, the reigning Record-Journal Volleyball Player of the Year, appropriately smashed the clinching kill. The hard-hitting senior pounded four kills and two aces in Game 1.
“Everyone just had a lot of energy today,” Walsh said. “Zach (Morgan) was giving us good sets and we were getting really good passes. Everything was working today – awesome.”
Morgan, a fellow co-captain was nearly perfect setting up his hitters all match with 35 assists. He had 14 assists in the opening set.
“We passed the ball well. We set the ball well, but we hit the ball around their block of their defenders,” Southington coach Lou Gianacopolos said.
In addition to Walsh, Rocco Possidento (7 kills), Brandon Wolf (6 kills) and Adam Hunter (5 kills) were also major weapons for Southington. Middle hitter finished with three kills and three blocks. He did much of his damage in the early going with two kills and a block in the opening set.
Farmington (5-1) came out hot in the second set, jumping out to early 4-0 and 7-4 advantages. Casper Muter had a block and a kill for the hosts in the early going and Scott Tuohy added two kills in the first few points of the second set.
However, Southington rallied and took their first lead of the second set, 13-12, on a Walsh kill and then a Possidento block. An Adam Hunter smash capped the game.
“We were expecting to come in and play our game and if we did that we knew we would be successful,” Morgan said. “This was a good team and we didn’t take them lightly. We came out hot and we swept them.”
In Game 3, Walsh had six kills in the opening 21 points as Southington went up 13-8 on Farmington and never looked back.
“I was nervous coming into this one,” Gianacopolos said. “Not nervous that we weren’t going to perform, but we hadn’t seen Farmington and no team in the preseason had really played them yet that I know of. I think today was a good challenge for both of our teams. I think we were their strongest opponent so far and they were our strongest competition so far.”
Farmington was hurt all night with inconsistent serving. The Indians had 12 service errors. Southington libero John Idian paced Southington’s defense with nine digs. The Blue Knights have only dropped one set through five matches.