Valley Regional / Old Lyme’s King, Haddam-Killingworth’s Langer named CSWA Coaches of the Year

The Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance is pleased to announce that Valley Regional/Old Lyme football coach Tim King and Haddam-Killingworth girls volleyball coach Richard Langer have been selected as the Doc McInerney High School Coaches of the Year. King, the Coach of the Year recipient in a male sport, and Langer, the Coach of the Year in a female […]

2014 New Haven County Girls Volleyball MVP: Jillian Haberli, Cheshire

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2014 New Haven County girls volleyball MVP: Jillian Haberli, Cheshire.

Cheshire’s Jillian Haberli led her team to a tough 3-2 victory over Amity in the Class LL semifinals this season. The senior outside hitter contributed 18 kills, 15 digs and showed some of her teachers who came to watch the game a different side of her. “They were like, ‘Oh my God, the intensity you […]

2014 New Haven County All-Area Girls Volleyball Team

Jillian Haberli – MVP Cheshire, Sr., outside hitter Stats: She had 253 kills, 177 digs, 64 aces and 11 blocks. Honors: All-SCC, CHSCA All-Stateand Senior All-Star selection. Off the court: Link Crew and National Honor society member. Sue Bavone – Coach of the Year Cheshire Stats: Led Rams to another Southern Connecticut Conference championship and […]

Volleyball: Darien’s Izzy Taylor Gatorade Connecticut Volleyball Player of the Year

Press release from Gatorade: In its 30th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Izzy Taylor of Darien High Schoolas its 2014-15 Gatorade Connecticut Volleyball Player of the Year. Taylor is the fifth Gatorade Connecticut Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen […]

Girls Volleyball: 2014 All-FCIAC selections

First Team Izzy Taylor, Darien; Celia Martzolf, Darien; Keki Cardenas, Fairfield Ludlowe; April Cooke, Fairfield Ludlowe; Anne Eilertsen, Stamford; Lauren Pitney, St. Joseph; Sydney Adams, Trumbull; Abbie Wolf, Greenwich Second Team Claire Naughton, Darien; Nicole Pease, Stamford; Elizabeth Middlebrook, Ridgefield; Kathryn Jordan, Ridgefield; Maite Gritsko, St. Joseph; Nicole Vacarella, Fairfield Warde; Claire Kostohryz, Brien McMahon; […]

Girls Volleyball: All-Southern Connecticut Conference team named

The Southern Connecticut Conference has named its all-conference team. The team, per usual, is broken down by division. SCC champions Cheshire place three players on the team. Meanwhile conference and division and foe Amity has two players on the team. West Haven had a breakout season and is rewarded with a player on the team. […]

The CIAC Fall Championship Saturday Scoreboard, Recaps (with WFSB highlights)


Above: A complete highlight reel of all the state championships, presented by WFSB-3 and John Holt. Glastonbury had the most kings and queens of Championship Fall Saturday with titles in boys and girls soccer and volleyball. There were also three co-champions declared over the weekend. Here’s a complete list of stories and photo galleries from […]

Girls Volleyball Class LL Final: Darien tops Cheshire again, ends streak

Darien captains Claire Naughton (11), Keli Reyes (1), Celia Martzolf (12) and Isabelle Taylor pose with the Class LL girls volleyball plaque after defeating Cheshire, 3-0. (Pete Paguaga - Register)

GLASTONBURY >> As much as thing changed over the past three years, they remained the same in the Cheshire/Darien rivalry. The last team to beat Cheshire before its 51-match winning streak started took them down again in Class LL final 3-0 (22-25, 17-25, 21-25) at Glastonbury High on Saturday. The Rams lost to Darien in […]

Class M Girls Volleyball: Granby beats St. Joseph, captures first state title

Granby celebrates in front of its fans after a 3-0 victory in the Class M state final. This is the Bears first girls volleyball state title in school history.

GLASTONBURY >> Playing in its first state final in school history, Granby was admittedly a little nervous in the first game of the Class M final against St. Joseph Saturday. “There’s always nerves,” said Bears coach David Sprowson. “But, I think we had a lot of confidence this yeare.” Top-seeded Granby settled in and topped third-seeded […]

Class S Girls Volleyball Final: H-K sweeps past Seymour for crown

Haddam-Killingworth coach Rich Langer poses with his players after a 3-0 victory in the Class S championship Saturday in Glastonbury. Langer coached his final game of his 40 season career.

GLASTONBURY >> Prior to the year, Haddam-Killingworth coach Rich Langer said this would be his last. He’s coached 40 years of volleyball at H-K and is the only coach the program has ever had. But he did have second thoughts on leaving. “As I’ve said for 36 of those 40 years, there’s always going to […]

Girls Volleyball Class L Final: Farmington avenges last year’s loss, wins title

Farmington celebrates with the championship plaque after rallying to top RHAM 3-2 in the Class L final at Glastonbury.

GLASTONBURY >> RHAM and Farmington can’t get out of each other’s way. The two played in the Central Connecticut Conference final this year and played in last season’s five-game Class L  final, too. So when this year’s Class L final went five games again, Farmington coach Laura Arena wasn’t surprised. “We knew this would be […]

CIAC Volleyball Championship Live Update Blog

Cheshire's Jillian Haberli leads in a Rams team looking for redemption. (Photo Peter Hvizdak)

Follow updates from the CIAC Girls Volleyball Championship in the live blog below. First game is 10 a.m. VOLLEYBALL CLASS LL, 7 p.m. Cheshire vs. Darien, at Glastonbury High School [NFHS Network Live Stream] CLASS L, 4 p.m. Farmington vs. RHAM, at Glastonbury High School [NFHS Network Live Stream]  CLASS M, 1 p.m. Granby Memorial vs. St. […]

Girls Volleyball: State final capsules

Class S Final No. 2 Seymour vs. No. 1 Haddam-Killingworth • When: Saturday, 10 a.m. • Where: Glastonbury High • Records: Seymour 23-1; H-K 23-1 • Championship game appearances: Seymour is here for the first time since 2005 when it lost to Darien. Seymour has never won a state title. Meanwhile Haddam-Killingworth is in he […]

Class LL Girls Volleyball: Cheshire out for revenge against Darien

HAMDEN >> When Cheshire lost 3-0 to Darien in the 2012 Class LL final, the Rams weren’t devastated. Sure, they wanted to win, but the young Rams seemed like they knew they would return. “I’m excited,” Sarah Rodgers said after the loss to the Blue Wave. “We’re going to work hard in the offseason to […]

Class L Volleyball: RHAM holds off Ledyard in five set thriller, returns to final

Above: The final point of the Class L semi-final between No. 3 Ledyard and No. 2 RHAM. Senior Angelica Czercowy gets the final kill of the match to send the Sachems back to the finals where they will meet familiar foe No. 1 Farmington. Derek Turner-GameTimeCT NORWICH>> With the adrenaline flowing and every point meaning more […]

Class LL Girls Volleyball: Cheshire tops rival Amity, advances to final

Sarah Rodgers, left,  digs the ball as teammates Celene Bonilla, center and Maria Buzzelli, right, surround the ball during the Class LL girls volleyball semifinal tournament game against Amity H.S.  at Hamden H.S. Thursday evening, November 13, 2014. Cheshire H.S. defeated Amity H.S. 5 - 4. (Photo by Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)

HAMDEN >> Cheshire just wins. That’s how it has been for the last two seasons as the Rams took a 50-match winning streak into the Class LL semifinals against rival Amity. So when Cheshire went to a decisive Game 5 against the Spartans, the Rams did what they always do. The top-seeded Rams came from […]

Class LL Girls Volleyball: Darien tops Ludlowe in four games to advance to state final

SHELTON >> After an opening 23-25 set loss to Fairfield Ludlowe in the state semifinals Thursday evening at Shelton Indeterminate, there was no special  motivational speech that was going to turn things around for the Darien girls’ volleyball team. Instead, all that was needed was a change of mindset. The Blue Wave came out more […]

Class S Girls Volleyball: Seymour sweeps Morgan, headed to final

(Photo by Peter Hvizdak/Register)
Jesica Litwa of Seymour, right,  celebrates with teammates after Seymour defeated Morgan during the CIAC Class S girls volleyball tournament semifinals at East Haven High School Wednesday evening.

EAST HAVEN >> Following season after season of falling short in the state tournament, Seymour coach Cathy Federowicz bounced around the idea of leaving Class S. “I had talked about moving up a class because we also ways ran into Morgan and Coventry and Haddam-Killingworth,” she said. “We made the decision not to, because we […]

Class S Girls Volleyball: Haddam-Killingworth prevails, to face Seymour in final

(Peter Hvizdak - New Haven Register)
The Haddam-Killingworth girls volleyball team celebrates their win over Coginchaug during the CIAC Class S girls volleyball semifinals  at East Haven High School.

EAST HAVEN >> Coach Richard Langer’s last season couldn’t be going any better. In his 40th and final season coaching Haddam-Killingworth girls volleyball, his Cougars stopped Morgan’s run of 22 straight Shoreline Conference titles and on Wednesday, the top-seeded Cougars clinched a berth in the Class S championship with a 3-0 (25-14, 25-20, 25-23) victory […]