ROCKY HILL - The New Britain girls volleyball team is one win away from qualifying for the state tournament.
Despite dropping the first set, the Hurricanes responded accordingly, winning the next three to top the Terriers 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 25-18, 25-18) Monday night.
“We struggled at the service line tonight, but we got the job done,” New Britain head coach Michelle Abraham said.
There were also plenty of highlights.
Nelanie Velez had 17 assists for the Hurricanes; Charliann Pabula six kills, eight digs and14 service points; Raven Jarrett nine kills; while Alondra Reyes, Sara Manuel and Marielle Andujar each had eight digs.
Innovation 3, Capital Prep 0: The Ravens keep on rolling. Innovation had few problems against Capital Prep, winning in straight sets 25-19, 25-15 and 25-16.
Morgan Sartor had 10 aces for the Ravens, while teammate Imani Rosado had 12 assists. Ciarra McKenzie added one block and one kill to help the team improve its record to 8-1.
Innovation will take on MLC tonight in its annual pink game at 5 p.m.
Southington 3, Northwest Catholic 0: Southington didn’t have much trouble with Northwest Catholic in the sweep. With scores of 25-8, 25-15 and 25-8, Southington advanced to 7-2 on the season. Haley Larrabee had six aces and five kills. Emily Tin finished with four aces. Erica Brunco had nine kills.
Goodwin Tech 3, Windham Tech 0: Goodwin Tech bounced back from its first loss of the season in impressive fashion with a sweep over Windham Tech with scores of 27-25, 25-9 and 25-8. Leina Rivera and Tanija Russell led the way for the Gladiators. Rivera finished with 14 service points, seven aces and five kills. Russell had 11 service points with eight aces and three kills. Goodwin Tech advances to 9-1 on the season.
Newington 3, Wethersfield 0: Newington advanced to 8-3 on the season with a sweep over Wethersfield. The set scores were 25-15- 25-19 and 25-18. Leading the way for the Indians were Azya Bass with 20 assists and Meghan Roberts with 10 kills.
Southington 2, Northwest Catholic 1: Eli Rodriguez scored a goal in each half to lift the Blue Knights over the Lions for their second win of the season.
Rodriguez netted the game winner with 10:23 remaining off an assist from Alexis Frausto. Marek Kryzanski aided in the first-half goal.
But Southington also got strong play from goalkeeper John Griffin, who saved seven of the eight shots that came his way. DeAnte Anderson was responsible for Northwest Catholics lone goal, the equalizer to set up Rodriguez for the game winner.
Goodwin Tech 3, MLC 3: For much of the afternoon, both Goodwin Tech and MLC were unable to one-up the other.
But Dan Kazmierczak made sure the Gladiators did not leave with a loss. Kazmierczak scored the equalizing goal on a penalty kick with less than three minutes remaining, tying the score at 3-3. It was his second goal of the afternoon.
Denis Josopovic also scored for Goodwin Tech. Samuel Agyie scored twice and Isaiah Jackson added the other goal for MLC.
Ayad Algahmi saved 13 shots in net for the Gladiators, who are still looking for their first win of the season.
Wethersfield 4, Newington 1: The match was almost over before it even began and before halftime, the Indians faced a 3-1 deficit they were never able to recover from.
Michael Manousos scored twice in the first half for the Eagles and was followed by a goal from Erion Deka. Trey Sadler scored the one Newington goal.
But Brendan Barry scored an insurance goal for Wethersfield in the second half.
The Indians are now 1-5 on the season.
Innovation 6, Prince Tech 0: The Ravens were able to cruise to another victory thanks to a strong offensive outing with five different players scoring on 13 shots.
Already up 3-0 at the half, Innovation added another three goals after halftime to seal the dominant win.
Aryanna Townsend netted two, while Stefany Ferguson, Malena VanBeveren, Kelsey Walicki and Victoria Piechota each added one. Walicki and Melinda Knopf each had an assist.
The Ravens are now 6-1.