VOLLEYBALL: Area players shine on national stage in Vegas

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SOUTHINGTON — A pair of Southington volleyball players were on the Husky club volleyball team that played in the 2021 USA Volleyball Girls Junior National Championships earlier this summer in Las Vegas.

Jackie Dobransky, an incoming junior at Southington High, suited up for the Windsor-based Husky program’s 16U squad. Megan Smith, a rising sophomore, played on the 15U team.

Dobransky was a 6-foot-3 blocker for Husky 16 Tony, which also featured Cheshire’s Avery Mola. Smith was the starting setter for Husky 15 Donnie.

Husky 15 Donnie went 1-8. Husky 16 Tony, in going 5-5, placed 42nd, the best national finish in club history in the 16U division.

Matches were best two-out-of-three sets. Husky 16 Tony beat three teams from Texas as well as squads based in Utah and Virginia.

“It was an incredible experience to see and play tough teams from all over the country, like Texas and Florida,” Dobransky said. “The competition was so intense every game.

“Our team represented so well; everyone stepped up to the challenges and battled hard every game,” Dobransky added. “To be part of such a great group of teammates and coaches, to experience the high level of competition every game and then bring that level of play and excitement for the game back to all of our high school teammates in Connecticut, it really feels like an honor. It really motivates you to keep working hard to improve and win and, hopefully, get back to Nationals next year to place even higher.”

The members of the Husky teams also did a lot of sightseeing and team bonding in Vegas.

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