NEWINGTON - It may be just a few weeks into the season, but the Newington boys volleyball team is already set to defend its state title.
The Indians swept Simsbury to clinch a state tournament berth on Tuesday, where they will begin their quest for a three-peat. Newington took all three sets in dominant fashion (25-13, 25-12, 25-13) to confirm its spot in the postseason.
“We’re glad to get that out of the way,” head coach Curt Burns said. “Obviously, we don’t want to stop there. We want to keep getting wins. We still have some work to do and we just want to get as high of a seed as possible in the conference and state tournaments.”
Louis Egbuna led the Indians with 10 kills, while serving up four aces from the back line. Leonel Caceres dished out 25 assists in the clinching effort.
New Britain 6, Hartford Public 0: After failing to score a run in each of the last three games, the Hurricanes pushed three runs across in the first inning of Tuesday’s game against Hartford Public, and rode the arm of Daniel Costa to the team’s first win of the season.
Costa allowed just one hit and struck out 10 in a huge start for New Britain, while adding two hits at the plate, including a double.
Melvin Rodriguez and Michael Gajda also recorded doubles for the Hurricanes, while shortstop Danniel Rivera stroked the game’s only triple.
Glastonbury 1, Southington 0 (13): An epic pitcher’s duel needed extra innings, where Glastonbury’s Colby Seymour broke the scoreless tie with a bang in the top of the 13th, drilling a one-out solo home run to hand the Blue Knights’ their first loss of the season.
Jake Neuman started the game for Southington and pitched a beauty, but the Blue Knights’ bats couldn’t figure out Glastonbury starter Jack DiLauro or reliever Mike Feeney. DiLauro finished with 11 strikeouts to keep Glastonbury’s perfect record intact.
Newington 10, Bloomfield 0 (5): The Indians pushed across a run in the first and while they would tack on nine more, the first run was all they would need.
Newington rode the arms of Simao Cabral and Noah Terzo to a combined no-hitter to take down Bloomfield on Tuesday afternoon, as Cabral struck out six over four innings while allowing just one walk. Terzo slammed the door in the fifth by striking out the side to complete the no-no.
Anthony Deblasio led the Indians offense with a three-run home run, while Gunner Johnson and Shaun Callahan pitched in doubles to aid in the blowout win.
Newington 21, Bloomfield 1 (5): The Indians made quick work of Bloomfield thanks to an eight-run first inning led by Hannah DeMarco, who smashed a grand slam to set the tone for the offensive onslaught.
Newington tacked on six more in the sixth to keep the rout alive, while Amaia Jackson threw four innings, allowing just one unearned run.
Cyan Gonzalez pitched in a pair of doubles for the Indians, who finished with 14 hits.
Berlin 5, Bristol Eastern 2: The Redcoats have their first win of the season thanks to a doubles sweep led by Alina Whiteside and Hailey Nardelli, who won two close sets by a score of 6-4, 6-4.
The three doubles wins were backed by a pair of singles wins by Grace Machata and Tiana Hayek, who won their matches after Berlin dropped its first two singles matches. Those would be the only matches they dropped, as the team claimed the next five for the victory.
Tolland 4, New Britain 3: After dropping all four singles matches on Tuesday afternoon against Tolland, the Hurricanes won all three doubles matches to fall 4-3 in the team’s first loss of the season. All three doubles teams shined for head coach Joe Canzanella, but unfortunately, but the hole dug in singles competition was too deep to overcome.
“Our doubles play was outstanding today,” Canzanella said. “They really demonstrated the hard work they’ve been putting in since our last match. There were some weaknesses they addressed. They responded very well.”
Yajaira Asimbaya and Danya Alboslani rebounded from a disappointing loss in their last match to cruise to a 6-4, 6-1 win over Tolland’s Katie Kennedy and Elizabeth Ly, while Kiara Matias and Tracy Asimbaya handled Monique Michaud and Samantha Rogers in the fourth doubles match by a score of 6-3, 6-2.
Hall 6, Newington 1: The Indians dropped to .500 on the season as Hall won in convincing fashion, though Newington senior Sam Johnson put up a fight in the fourth singles match before dropping an 11-9 tiebreaker.
Matt Utter provided the lone win for the Indians in the second singles match.
“I thought our guys played extremely well,” head coach Don Lukowski said. “I was very impressed with Matt Utter, and Sam Johnson played a great match. It could have gone either way.”
Berlin 231, Simsbury 246: The medalist may have went to Simsbury on Tuesday, but the Redcoats claimed the next three spots on the leaderboard to move to 2-0 on the year.
Syndney Duke led Berlin with a 55, while Jessica Nappi followed close behind with a 56. Rachel Varley rounded out the Redcoats’ top three with a 59, though head coach Jim Barnes is hoping for better finishes as the season progresses.
“It’s good to be 2-0, but I’m glad we have practice tomorrow,” Barnes said. “We have some things we have we want to work on. “
New Britain 229, Bristol Eastern 229: The Hurricanes are still searching for their first win after battling to a draw on Tuesday, and head coach Robert Zadrozny is seeing his team slowly moving in the right direction.
“We are improving but we have to eliminate the big blow-up holes,” Zadrozny said. “The team is working hard.”
Mollie Lewis of Bristol Eastern earned the first-place medal, while Dylan Washington, Arthur Bell and Manny Benitez finished atop New Britain’s finishers.
New Britain 111, Bulkeley 10: The Hurricanes earned their first win of the season in dominant fashion on Tuesday behind multiple breakout performances.
Raven Symone-Jarrett won the 100 and 300 meter hurdles as well as the high jump, and contributed to New Britain’s win in the 4x100 relay team with Rosaline Smith, Treanize Maestri and Stella Ofei.
Smith also claimed the long and triple jump, while Ofei won the 100, 200 and 400 meter races.
Jamie Kelly won the 800 and 1600 meter, while Paola Grant, Marijah Shell-Smith and Aaliyah Anthony won the discus, javelin and shot put, respectively.
Berlin 78, Bristol Central 68: The Redcoats moved to 2-0 thanks to a trio of double winners on Tuesday, as Noelle Konior, Sophia Dombrowski and Patricia Mroczkowski all won two events for Berlin.
Konior claimed the 100 and 200m events, while Dombrowski won the 100 and 300 meter hurdles. Mroczkowski won the long and high jump.
Bristol Central 104, Berlin 46: The Redcoats suffered their first loss of the season despite a valiant effort from Alex Halkias, who won the 100 and 200 meter dash as well as the long jump.
AJ Chan was a double winner for Berlin, claiming the discus and shot put.