NEW BRITAIN - The Innovation girls volleyball team is getting its shot at a second straight conference title.
The Ravens had few issues in the CRAL semifinals Tuesday afternoon, sweeping MLC.
Innovation will play the winner of Aerospace/Civic Leadership Thursday night at 5 p.m. at Innovation. The Ravens have beaten both teams twice this season already.
“We know regardless of whatever team we face, we have to focus on what we’re good at,” said Innovation head coach Matt Lance, whose team has now won 17 of its last 18 matches. “That’s serving, ball control and our energy. But I’m excited the girls have another chance to win another conference title on their home court.”
The Ravens (18-3) appear primed to do so. They won Tuesday’s match behind set scored of 25-7, 25-2 and 25-7.
Among the notable performances for Innovation was Aaliyah Walker (4 kills, 2 blocks) and Danelys Baez-Arroyo (7 aces).
Lance was even able to get some of his younger players some valuable postseason experience.
“I thought in the third set when some of the younger players were able to come in and play well was nice to see,” Lance said. “They played at a high level and there wasn’t too much of a drop off.”
Southington 1, Northwest Catholic 0: Bryce Worth made sure to end what has been a tough season for the Blue Knights on a high note.
Worth scored the match’s lone goal 2:20 into the game after he picked up a loose ball in the box and sunk the ball into the back of the net.
John Griffin saved all four shots in goal for Southington, which finished its season 3-11-2.
“Good to finish on a win,” Blue Knights head coach Dave Yanosy said. “It was a tough year record wise, but I feel the kids battled and worked hard down the stretch, especially over the last few weeks when we were eliminated from the postseason.”