NEW BRITAIN - The Goodwin Tech girls volleyball teaml had one of its strongest serving sets of the season and the Gladiators used it to jolt them to a three set sweep over Platt Tech 25-15, 30-28, 26-24 Monday night.
Tina Rodriguez (21 assists, 12 service points, 2 aces), Teresa Lopez (8 service points, 2 aces, 11 digs) and Leina Rivera (7 service points, 5 aces, 11 kills, 15 digs) led the way for Goodwin Tech.
In the final two sets, the Gladiators committed a combined 37 errors.
Moving forward, Goodwin Tech is seeking improvement in the final five matches before the start of tournament play.
However, any win at home is a positive and the Gladiators sit at 13-2 on the season.
Berlin 3, East Catholic 0: For the Redcoats, facing the 4-10 Eagles was a good spot for Berlin to get over .500.
The Redcoats swept East Catholic 25-14, 25-20, 25-14.
Lyzi Litwinko (12 kills, 1 block) and Jenna Baruffi (31 assists, 2 aces) led the way for Berlin.
It was a strong offensive showing for the Redcoats, who advanced to 8-7 on the season.
Berlin will travel to face New Britain on Wednesday.
Farmington 3, Newington 0: Coming into the match, Newington knew it would be a tough challenge against 10-2 Farmington.
Newington, a strong team itself struggled mightily losing in straight sets 25-12, 25-20, 25-23.
Blayne Wanner-Hyde (19 digs) and Meghan Roberts (3 blocks, 4 kills) did their best to try and lead Newington to a victory.
However, it was the Farmington group that was too dominant led by Caroline Summa (10 kills, 5 blocks).
Newington falls to 11-6 on the season while Farmington moves to 11-2 with the win.
On Friday, Newington will travel to New Britain to take on the 11-4 Hurricanes in another tough matchup.
New Britain 3, Northwest Catholic 1: The Hurricanes continued their strong play of late, winning their sixth straight match in four sets 25-19, 25-23, 21-25, 25-12.
Raven Jarrett (20 kills, 18 service points, 4 aces, 12 digs) led the way for New Britain with a huge performance.
With the win, the Hurricanes advance to 11-4 on the season and will host Berlin on Wednesday.
Innovation 3, Prince Tech 0: The Ravens won in straight sets but it didn’t come easy with scores of 25-19, 25-19 and 25-20.
Innovation was led by Danelys Baez-Arroyo (6 digs, 8 aces), Bailee Nardi (12 kills) and Imani Rosado (14 assists).
With the win, Innovation moves to 13-2 on the year and will host Aerospace on Wednesday.
Southington 2, Avon 1: Down at the half 1-0, the Blue Knights got a pair of second half goals and the deciding score by Eli Rodriguez with 12:36 left in the second half led to the Southington win.
Joe Colaccino also scored for the Blue Knights early in the second half.
For Southington, it is a quality win against a strong Falcons team.
With the win, the Blue Knights moved to 5-5-2 on the season and Avon falls to 6-4-2.
Newington 3, Bulkeley 1: Against a strong Bulkeley team, the Indians came to play and a big three goal second half led Newington to a huge win.
Hermish Adarkwah scored a pair of second half goals and Dominic Palaia added a goal of his own for the Indians.
The game was a pretty even matchup shots wise as both teams had seven shots.
Indians goalie Jack DeGirolamo finished with three saves.
Newington gets its third win of the season and Bulkeley falls to 6-3-3 with the loss.
Middletown 3, Plainville 1: The Blue Devils trailed by just one goal at the half and scored a second half goal but the Blue Dragons put up a pair of second half goals to come away with the victory.
Kaitlyn D’Amico, Briana Nosal and Amalia Sessoms scored the three goals for Middletown.
For Plainville, Cheyenne Emmendorfer had the goal.
The Blue Dragons outshot the Blue Devils 16-8 in the game.
Caitlin Barker made 14 saves for Plainville.
With the loss, Plainville falls to 5-7 on the year and Middletown advances to 7-3-1.
New Britain 2, Bloomfield 2: The Hurricanes trailed 2-1 at the half before tying it up to end in a draw with the Warhawks.
For New Britain, Eldina Begic and Geraldine Mares scored the two goals.
Alesha Campbell scored both Bloomfield goals.
In net for the Hurricanes, Muyana Pulotova made six saves.
New Britain falls to 2-9-1 on the season and will travel to Hall on Friday for an afternoon game.
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