Spartans, Blue Knights on CCC collision course
MERIDEN – Sometimes conference tournaments seem superfluous.
Other times, they are a perfect confluence.
We have this last Tuesday night on the East Side.
After winning the first round matches on Monday night, the Maloney and Southington volleyball teams will face off in the quarterfinals of the CCC tournament tonight in Meriden at 5:30 p.m.
Maloney, at 17-4, is the No. 4 seed. Southington, at 15-4, is No. 5. The two local powers did not meet during the regular season.
On Monday, the Spartans opened their playoffs with a 3-1 victory over No.13 East Catholic (10-11), while Southington swept away No.12 East Hartford (11-9).
In Meriden, the Spartans and Eagles split the opener. Maloney’s 25-15 win in Game 1 was answered by East Catholic’s 25-23 verdict in Game 2. The Spartans moved away, 25-10 and 25-15.
The Big 3 were busy for Maloney. Savannah Bernabucci had 16 assists and 12 digs. Stephanie Cicio delivered 12 digs and seven aces. Gracey Massicotte distributed 18 assists, served nine aces and pocketed eight digs
Jylosdet Davila and Peyton Pulaski added four kills each for Maloney.
In Southington, the Blue Knights sailed 25-11, 25-18 and 25-8 with their trademark balance. Haley Weiner has compiled 28 assists for setting up Morgan Birdsey and Adriana Palmieri, who have seven wins apiece, as well as Katrina Possidento and Gabby Ferreira, who each have six.
Cami Wessels had five kills while finding the ground with seven aces. Ferreira added four aces and seven digs.
Conard 3, Platt 0: The No.15 Panthers lost 25-10, 25-20, 25-23 to the No.2 Chieftains at West Hartford.
Eva Dudley was all over the pitch with 22 digs and 12 kills to lead Platt. Isabella DeMatteo obtained 20 digs. Passer Emily Hart distributed 15 assists and also had five assists.
Platt, now aged 9 to 11, is awaiting his spots for the L-class state tournament. Conard qualifies for the CCC quarter-finals at 17-1.
Avon 3, Southington 0: The Falcons extended their lead to 1-0 at halftime with two goals in the third quarter to confirm CCC South’s decision to Avon.
Kendall Neamtz scored twice for Avon (9-4-2-1). Grace Ronzello also found the bottom of the cage.
Morgan Lasek made seven saves for Southington (6-8-1), which ended the regular season at Northwest Catholic on Wednesday.