ROCKVILLE - The New Britain boys volleyball team is still searching for its first-ever win, but the Hurricanes are making significant strides towards cracking the win column.
Rockville swept New Britain in three sets on Friday evening, but the Hurricanes battled through a tough second set, losing 27-25.
“That second game, they were right on the verge of tasting victory,” head coach Michelle Abraham said. “They’re really coming along. It won’t be long. We’re working hard, and I’m really proud of them.”
Junior Jerry Chungong enjoyed a perfect serving night, going 12-for-12 on serves through three sets, while fellow junior Giovany Hernandez went 13-for-14 at the service line and added five digs.
Abraham was especially impressed with sophomores A.J. Salmon and Max Negron, who held their own on the back line against a senior-heavy Rockville squad.
“They played great defensively,” Abraham said. “They weren’t scared at all. [A.J.] went in the back row and played really well with Max.”
The Hurricanes will try again for their first win on Monday at Bulkeley.
Southington 11, Conard 1 (5): Weather shortened the Blue Knights’ second game of the season to five innings, but Southington’s offense provided enough runs for a full seven, and then some.
The Blue Knights exploded for five runs in the first two innings before plating five in the fourth in an 11-1 win, as Jack Meade battled the rainy weather with a 4-for-4 day, including a pair of doubles and three runs scored. Jake DelMonte added two doubles as well, while Kevin McIntyre recorded a triple in the offensive assault.
Jason Karar tossed four innings of one-run ball for the Blue Knights, who remained perfect on the young season at 2-0.
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