There are only two boys volleyball programs in the area, but the players on this yearâ€™s All-Herald Boys Volleyball Team have proven themselves capable of contending with anyone in the state.
After coming up short in the semifinals a year ago, Newington once again showed itself to be the best of Class M, winning its fourth state title in six seasons, so itâ€™s no surprise the program produced some of the best players in not only the conference, but the state as well.
Kevin Bilbraut did a little bit of everything for Newington and makes a return to our All-Herald Team. The senior libero picked up numerous awards in his final season, including First-Team All-State and his second all-conference honor. Bilbraut finished with 359 digs, 31 of which came in the Class M title game against South Windsor. His performance earned him the MVP of the state title match and was awarded Newington Highâ€™s Male Athlete of the Year. Bilbraut will be off to Central Connecticut State and plans on playing club volleyball.
Zach Harmonâ€™s play also earned him a return trip to our list. Another All-State and all-conference selection, the senior outside hitter recorded 225 kills, 24 aces and 169 digs for Newington. He will be off to CCSU as well.
Andres Ithier-Vicenty, the third member of Newington to make both All-State and All-CCC, is coming off his finest season. In 95 sets, Ithier-Vicenty tallied 342 kills, 25 of which came in the Class M title match, and a 41 percent kill percentage.
The final member of the Indians to make the All-Herald Team is Leonel Caceres. The sophomore also received an all-conference selection. Caceres finished third on the team with 152 kills and second with 30 blocks. The middle backer also had the top hitting percentage of the Indiansâ€™ hitters.
Southington made it to the Class L quarterfinals and claims the final two spots on our squad.
Senior Louie Gianacopolos is another familiar face on our All-Herald Team. The Blue Knights captain was both an All-State and All-CCC performer. Gianacopolos logged 693 assists, 260 digs, 108 kills and 43 aces. He will be enlisting in the United States Air Force.
Tim Walsh rounds out our All-Herald Team. The second sophomore on our list, the outside hitter had an outstanding season for the Blue Knights. Walsh not only totaled 257 kills this past season, ranking second in the conference, he also had 205 digs, earning an all-conference honor along the way. With two seasons left, he will be someone to keep an eye on moving forward.
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