Sports Roundup: New Britain girls volleyball gets strong performance from Velez in win over Bulkeley

Published on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 22:48
Written by SHELBY IAVA


HARTFORD - Nelanie Velez couldn’t be stopped Tuesday night.

The New Britain girls volleyball senior setter had 27 assists, six aces and 16 service points to lead the Hurricanes in their 3-1 (25-19, 25-14, 20-25, 27-25) victory over Bulkeley.

Even with a full stat line, it was her performance from the serving line that was the difference maker.

“If it wasn’t for her, the game would have had a different outcome,” New Britain head coach Michelle Abraham said.

Raven Jared had 15 kills, four aces and six service points, while Talia Marks had 10 service points and three key blocks.

In the fourth set the Hurricanes were down 17-10, but rallied hard to take back the lead.

“We came together and were able to get the job done,” Abraham said. “We’ve played better but it showed a lot of character and perseverance.”

Bulkeley played well and never gave up, Abraham said.

New Britain improved their record, 9-4 while Bulkeley is 6-7.

Southington 3, Simsbury 0: The Blue Knights had another 3-0 (25-19, 25-9, 25-20) victory over Simsbury.

Libero Nolyn Allen 16 digs while Sarah Myrick and Brooke Cooney had eight and six kills respectively. Senior Steph Zera also had another successful night with 28 assists.

Southington improved their record 10-1.

Bristol Central 3, Berlin 1: The Redcoats (6-7) struggled at home against Bristol Central (9-4).

Berlin was able to win the third set 25-19, but that was it could come away with, dropping the other sets 25-23, 25-21 and 25-13.

Cara Wade had 15 kills, 12 digs and four blocks, while Lyzi Litwinko had six kills and three blocks.

Innovation 3, Public Safety Academy 0: The Ravens just keep earning wins.

Gabriella Woods had three kills; Victoria Merced had two digs while Jireydaliz Garcia had four aces to help Innovation easily win in straight sets 25-8, 25-7 and 25-11.

The Ravens have now improved their record to 11-1.


Innovation 1, MLC 1: The Ravens has an early lead, but weren’t able to hold on in the second half.

Kelsey Walicki scored Innovation’s lone goal in the first half, before Abbie Miller scored the equalizer for the Dragons in the second half.

Ravens goalkeeper Lianna Giles finished the afternoon with three saves.

Innovation is now 8-1-1 on the season.

Rocky Hill 3, Plainville 0: It was a tough night for the Blue Devils, who couldn’t stop the Terriers’ Sarah Zarilli as she scored twice in the match.

Caitlin Barker and Maddie Rund combined to save 10 shots for Plainville, which is now 4-6 on the season.

“We lost to a better team,” Blue Devils head coach Leszek Wrona said. “Rachel Parsons, Abby Leander, Hannah Zelasko, Sarah Tomczyk, Serena Simard played well today for us. They kept us close in the game.”


Berlin 8, Rocky Hill 1: The Berlin boys soccer team just kept scoring and there wasn’t a whole lot Rocky Hill could do about it.

Noah Silverman recorded a hat trick and Ryan Jenkins netted another two as the Redcoats beat the Terriers 8-1 Tuesday afternoon.

T.J Hebert, Justin Rocco and Curtis Arcari also scored for Berlin, which held a 3-0 lead at the half.

The Redcoats outshot Rocky Hill 24-5, leaving little work for Jack Nelson in net. Nelson saved two shots.

RHAM 3, Southington 2: The Blue Knights engineered a comeback, they just couldn’t finish it.

Southington got goals from Elijah Rodriguez and Joe Colaccino in the second half to take a 2-1 lead, but RHAM scored twice before time expired.

John Griffin saved seven shots for the Blue Knights, who are now 3-5-2.

Cheney Tech 4, Goodwin Tech 1: Goodwin Tech was no match for Cheney Tech’s offense despite outshooting the Beavers 20-6.

The Gladiators’ Remi Pokrywka would score the only goal for Goodwin. Wyatt Dobush, Dan Asiedu and Elijah Quiles all contributed goals for Cheney Tech.

Ayad Algahmi had 16 saves for Goodwin Tech, while Matt Motyka had five for the Beavers.


Southington 94, Bristol Eastern 78: It was a rather easy day for the Blue Knights.

Andie Nadeu and Olivia Fournier were both double winners, while the 200 medley and 200 and 400 freestyle relay teams all took first in the win.

Nadeu won the 200 and 500 freestyles with times of 2:10.85 and 5:55.43. Fournier took first in the 50 and 100 freestyles with times of 25.21 and 55.29.

Meghan Hammarlund, Julie Duszak and Maddie Symecko all earn individual wins as well. Hammarlund won the 100 butterfly, Duszak the 100 breaststroke and Symecko the 100 backstroke.

Berlin 95, Suffield 83: The Redcoats picked their fourth win of the season behind a number of strong individual performances.

Kelly Chmielewski and Gabby Pattavina were both double winners. Chmielweski won the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly, while Pattavina took first in the 50 freestyle and the 100 backstroke, qualifying for states in the former.

Alina Whiteside won the diving portion of the meet, while Maddie Palmese and Joanna Sobilo both swam well.

Joanna and Sadie both have been phenomenal teammates this season,” Berlin head coach Michael Cwirka said. “Ity doesn’t matter what they get in the meet, they constantly working, getting best times. They work hard in practice and have worked hard all season long.”


Rocky Hill 17, New Britain 47: Matt Melluzzo was the best runner for the Hurricanes. The junior came in fifth place with a time of 20:41.

Jason Oostendrop was the overall winner on the boys side after finishing in a time of 19:29.


New Britain did not have enough runner to qualify for a score, but Jamie Kelly was the Hurricanes top runner on the afternoon with a time of 25:16. Rocky Hills’s Michaela Creevy (24:06) won the girls race.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, General Sports, Goodwin Tech, Innovation, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Southington on Tuesday, 10 October 2017 22:48. Updated: Tuesday, 10 October 2017 22:51.