Sports Roundup: New Britain girls volleyball qualifies for state tournament with win over Bulkeley

Published on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 21:16


NEW BRITAIN - There wasn’t much Michelle Abraham didn’t like Tuesday night.

The New Britain girls volleyball team dominated at the service line, put on an offensive showcase and qualified for the Class LL tournament in its sweep of Bulkeley at New Britain High School.

The Hurricanes won by set scores of 25-11, 25-8 and 25-9.

“[I’m] very pleased,” Abraham said. “It was Bulkeley, but we played to our ability. We did a lot of good things tonight. Hopefully this is where we’re going as a team.”

New Britain took control of the game early and never let the Bulldogs get into any kind of rhythm. The Hurricanes were 67-of-68 from the service line. Natalie Hernadez was a perfect 13-for-13 and had 11 service points, while Kiara Sanchez was 10-for-10 with 10 service points. Anyerina Lugo and Naishka Perez also added 19 and 12 service points of their own respectively.

Raven Jarrett led the way for New Britain in front of the net with 18 kills, while Audrey Belliveau recorded a match-high 24 assists.

“Overall, all the girls played well,” Abraham said. “Everyone got into the match and played. Hopefully we keep coming along in the second half of the season.”

Innovation 3, Civic Leadership 0: The Ravens continue to roll and won their ninth straight match. But it was not always as easy of a win as the final score indicated.

“I was really happy with the way we responded in the second set,” Innovation head coach Matt Lance said. “Some of our starters weren’t playing well, so we put in some of our reserves and they really well, including Alystika Wittenzellner, who played really well from the outside and finished the set from the setter position.”

The Ravens ended up winning the three sets 25-14, 25-21 and 25-15.

Morgan Sator (9 digs), Molly Corcoran (19 aces) and Aaliyah Walker (5 kills) led the way for the Ravens who are now 10-2.


Northwest Catholic 3, Berlin 2 (2 OT): It was certainly not the kind of ending the Redcoats had been looking for - both in overtime and in regulation.

Berlin blew a 2-0 with 22 minutes left in the second half. The Lions scored the game-winner with 2.7 second remaining in the second overtime.

“We had a complete meltdown,” Redcoats head coach Alex Joslyn.

E.O. Smith 4, New Britain 0: The Hurricanes were down 2-0 at the half, only to allow two more goals in by the end of the game.

“The girls fought hard and played hard,” New Britain head coach Robert Pugliares said. ‘”Hopefully we’ll get a better result coming up against Maloney.”

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, Innovation, New Britain on Tuesday, 9 October 2018 21:16. Updated: Tuesday, 9 October 2018 21:19.