NEW BRITAIN – Goodwin Tech girls volleyball survived a scare from Vinal Tech in its 3-2 home win on Wednesday.
The Gladiators and the Hawks alternated set victories before the hosts pulled away with a 15-7 fifth set win to improve its record to 13-2.
“It was definitely closer than what we wanted, but we got to play everybody,” Goodwin Tech coach Joe Granja said. “Everybody on the bench got to play and the bottom line is we came away with the victory.”
The Gladiators easily took care of business in the first game with a 25-15 win, but Vinal Tech tied it up in set two after a 25-23 victory.
The third set favored Goodwin Tech 25-14, but the Hawks hung around and knotted the match once again with a 28-26 final in the fourth set.
Continuing the pattern of winning every other set, the Gladiators escaped with the 'W' following the decisive final frame.
“We made a lot of mistakes,” Granja said. “I think it was in the fourth game, we made 24 unforced errors. You just can't play that way. They scored 28 points on 24 unforced errors.”
Rachael Astacio and Maribel Gonzalez played well for Goodwin as Astacio led the team in service points (19) while Gonzalez paced the Gladiators in kills with 11.
“They definitely both have played really well for us all year,” Granja said.
Trinity Chambers (eight aces, 10 assists) was also key for Goodwin Tech against the Hawks.
Wednesday's win follows the Gladiators' 3-2 victory against Innovation and Granja felt that matchup had an impact on the game with Vinal Tech.
“After the three-day weekend maybe we were a little slow and then playing back to back, last night and tonight, maybe that had part to do with it,” Granja said. “We came away with the victory though so that was the positive.”
Currently riding an 11-game win streak, Goodwin Tech will try and make it 12 when it visits Gilbert on Friday at 5:15 p.m.
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