NEW BRITAIN - The Innovation girls volleyball team has won the CRAL championship for the first time in school history.
The Ravens swept Aerospace 3-0 (25-8, 25-19, 25-8) in the finals Thursday night. This was the fourth consecutive trip Innovation has taken to the league title game, this time ending in victory.
Innovation got plenty of strong performances.
Danelys Baez-Arroyo recorded seven aces and four digs, while Bailee Nardi ended with seven kills. The Ravens are now 19-3 and will continue on to play in the state tournament.
Parrish Hill 2, Innovation 1: The Ravens were in the game until the Pirates sent one into the back of the net to take the 2-1 lead.
Innovation kept up the pace going into the half tied at one. Once out of the half, Parish Hill collected its insurance.
The Ravens’ only goal was scored by Malena VanBeveren. Lianna Giles also had a productive day in goal, making 10 saves.
Innovation ends its 2017 regular season 10-5-2.
Southington wins CCC West meet: The Southington girls swimming and diving team finished first overall with a score of 294 in the CCC West meet Thursday afternoon.
Conard placed second with 286, followed by Hall (275), Farmington (153), Berlin (129) and Newington (126).
The CCC West conference champion is determined by teams’ dual meet record. Hall claimed the team conference title with their win over Conard on Oct. 25.
However, Thursday’s conference meet did determine individual and relay conference champion titles, of which Southington claimed six.
The 200 medley relay team of Meghan Hammarlund, Julie Duszak, Maddie Symecko and Olivia Fournier claimed the conference title with a time of 1:56.33. The 200 freestyle relay team of Gianna Perugini, Duszak, Andie Nadeau and Fournier claimed the conference title with a time of 1:45.96.
Fournier claimed two individual conference crowns of her own while breaking one meet record and tying another. She took first in the 50 freestyle with a meet record time of 25.11 and took first in the 100 freestyle, tying the record time of 54.76.
Symecko took the conference title in the 100 backstroke with a time of 1:06.38 and Duszak took the conference title in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:12.10.