NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain girls volleyball team fell to Glastonbury, 3-0, in a spirited affair at New Britain High School on Monday.
The Hurricanes dropped all three sets, but weren’t vastly outplayed in any frame as their biggest point deficit was 12, which occurred in the second set.
“This is probably one of the best defensive teams I’ve had in 10 years,” New Britain coach Michelle Abraham said. “We’re just trying to develop somebody that can put the ball away and be an outside-hitter and be effective. Right now, we don’t have that person yet.”
The Hurricanes lost sets 25-18, 25-13 and 25-20. Early deficits hurt their ability to keep it close in the first two sets while Glastonbury’s talent was the difference in the final frame.
“We have some strong servers where we have to realize who’s in certain positions to keep the serve,” Abraham said. “As we see that and are more aware of it, we’ll get there. They had some great rallies and kept the ball in play. Nothing was hitting the floor.”
The longest volley of the match favored New Britain in the first set with the visitors ahead 13-5, however, the hosts couldn’t maintain the momentum. Glastonbury possessed those players that could pound the ball over the net and it proved to be the difference.
Ana Andriyashko and Evelyn Brenton combined for 21 kills for the victors. The Hurricanes finished with nine as a team.
“We’re young, we only have two seniors,” Abraham said. “They’ve worked really hard. There’s no complaints whatsoever. They’re learning the game as they go along.”
Wendeley Garcia is one of New Britain’s seniors and did well from the service line against Glastonbury, picking up a team-high four aces.
“She serves very well,” Abraham said. “When she’s there, she’s my first server, my front row is strong at that point. She had six kills and two big blocks [Monday], and that’s what we’re looking for as a middle.”
Garcia also grabbed seven digs for the Hurricanes while Kasianna Denmark (six kills, two blocks), Kelly Alape (nine assists, six digs) and Paula Torres (two digs, three kills) played well.
New Britain began its 2021 season with two quality opponents in Simsbury and Glastonbury (2-0) and despite two shutout losses, Abraham feels confident in her team’s ability to put together a strong season.
“The morale and the intensity is where New Britain volleyball used to be and it’s getting back there,” Abraham said. “In time we’re going to be defenders, I have no doubt in my mind. I’m very, very pleased and proud of these young ladies.”
The Hurricanes (0-2) will look to pick up its first win of the year against CCC foe Newington on Friday, Sept. 17 at New Britain High School.
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Glastonbury 3, New Britain 0
(25-18, 25-13, 25-20)
At New Britain
Glastonbury: Ana Andriyashko 11 kills, five digs; Evelyn Brenton 10 kills, four blocks
New Britain: Wendeley Garcia four aces, seven digs; Kasianna Denmark six kills, two blocks; Kelly Alape nine assists, six digs; Paula Torres two digs, three kills
Records: New Britain 0-2, Glastonbury 2-0.