Berlin volleyball rolling, going for win No. 8 against Plainville tonight

Published on Monday, 3 October 2022 10:50
Written by DAN HEARY


The Berlin High School girls volleyball team made it three in a row by sweeping Lewis Mills in a home-and-home series, and downing East Catholic earlier in the week to improve their record to 7-3.

With a sizeable crowd on hand the Redcoats dominated Friday's match, 12-10-18, with strong all-around team play as the score indicates. 

"The team is starting to come together well," coach Angela Kumm said, as she has five returning starters along with a few sophomores stepping on the court.

Senior Alivia Halkais and Sophomore Julia Matan combined for 15 kills against Lewis Mills, as Halkais also contributed 17 digs in the three game match. These two outstanding middle hitters have combined for 130 kills and 30 blocks as the team matures into the 2022 campaign.

Senior Ella Pappa has also played well, averaging 10 kills a match with 73 in the books.

Kumm also made note that "sophomore outside hitter Geena Vincenzo has 47 kills and leads the team defensively with 117 digs [top 10 in Connecticut] and sophomore Charley Carlson leads the team with 33 aces.”

Along with these fine attributes is junior setter Rachel Karanda who leads the team with a solid 103 assists.

The girls were denied a tourney spot last year, but their increasingly fine play has them knocking on the door with these three straight W's and 10 games remaining.  Berlin travels to Plainville (0-9) on Monday at 6 p.m. to face the Blue Devils in search of win number 8. 

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin on Monday, 3 October 2022 10:50. Updated: Monday, 3 October 2022 10:53.