NEW BRITAIN – Two days after a tough defeat to its rivals across the street, Innovation girls volleyball responded well with a 3-0 win over University on Thursday.
The Ravens put in a quality effort to sweep the match with set wins of 25-18, 25-18 and 25-15, following its 3-2 loss to Goodwin Tech on Tuesday.
“I told them Tuesday, I actually was for the most part pleased with the consistent effort throughout,” Innovation coach Matt Lance said. “Our level wasn't consistent, but Goodwin Tech, I think they're 13-2 now, so they're used to winning and they have a really solid squad. I think they have a lot of senior leaders, we're mostly juniors so I knew it would be a tough test for us, but I was happy with how they rebounded [Thursday].”
Patrice Broughton and Tynise Rose brought the offense for the Ravens as the duo each finished with five kills, while Daniah Sawyer and Ashley Palombizio combined for nine aces.
“I feel like we got contributions literally from every girl who stepped on the court,” Lance said. “I thought Cece [Cardona] started setting better toward the third set. We know what we're going to get out of Patrice and Tynise every single night. They're my two middles, they get a lot of our offense. I thought Ashley was solid defensively. Daniah came in and served really well, so literally you look across the board and every girl contributed, which is really what you want.”
Thursday's matchup was the second between the two schools this season and while both concluded in favor of Innovation, the rematch proved to be a more efficient game for the Ravens.
“The last time we played University it was 3-2, we won 3-2 at their place, so to be able to go 3-0 now, I told the girls, that's a definite sign of improvement,” Lance said. “I thought for the most part, the quality of play was better.”
Despite the lopsided final, the Hawks put some points together in a hurry that forced Innovation to battle back at times, in particular during the first set. However, the Ravens defense kept the ball up and their passes were much more consistent than the visitors, to move its overall record to 6-5.
Innovation will next play on Tuesday, Oct. 19 at Civic Leadership at 5 p.m.
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