TORRINGTON >> Already trailing, 1-0, the Lewis Mills Spartans were losing the second game 19-12 when they engineered a 10-1 run to take a two point lead, before taking the game that catapulted the Spartans to a 3-1 win over Wolcott Tech.
“It’s a game of momentum, it can switch like that,” Lewis Mills head coach Damian Coggshall said as he snapped his fingers. “We got into a rhythm and got a new level of confidence.”
“I was telling them to do what we wanted to do, to be aggressive and not to think about making mistakes,” he added.
The Wildcats (7-2) came out strong defeating the Spartans, who came in on a three-game losing streak, easily in the first game, 25-18.
“Once we lost the first game, we thought here we go again,” Spartans senior, Dan Kryzanski (15 kills) laughed. “We have the talent to play with every team; it’s just a matter of if we do the small things.”
The Wildcats took advantage of easy plays that helped junior Matt Dell’Agnese (39 assists) set up Tyler Kackowski (14 kills) and Ryan Lojewski (17 kills) with easy kills.
“We made really good passes and the hits were going through,” Dell’Agnese said. “We were playing together.”
In the second game, the Wildcats rode their momentum from game one and jumped out to a 8-2 lead, before Coggshall called a timeout to refocus his team.
It helped, bringing it to 8-6, but then the Wildcats went back at it taking a commanding 19-12 lead, before the Spartans came back to take the game, 25-23.
“They got one good kill and then we mentally broke down,” Dell’Agnese said.
“We realized we could beat them,” Spartans senior Alexander Daigle (11 kills) said.
The Spartans took advantage of the Wildcats’ break down and cruised to an easy win in game three 25-15.
“We are still learning how to handle high intense situations,” Wildcats head coach Ray Tanguay said of his team that returned just one varsity player from last season. “We just have to learn how to play within ourselves.”
In the fourth and final game of the match the Spartans took a commanding, 7-2, lead early before the Wildcats began crawling back.
“One thing about this team is they’re good at coming back,” Tanguay said.
Both teams went back and forth with the Wildcats taking a 12-11 lead at one point. The Spartans would recover taking a 17-13 lead, but the Wildcats again would come back tying the game at 19-19.
The Wildcats would go on to take a 24-22 lead and again the Spartans recovered, winning the last four points of the game to clinch the match.
“It’s (the win) huge for us, they’re a strong team,” Coggshall said. “We proved we can hang with these teams.”
Tonight’s game was the Wolcott Tech’s Green-Out Game in support of Mental Health Awareness, with both teams wearing green, Lewis Mills before the match and Wolcott Tech throughout the night.
Proceeds and donations from the game were donated to Prime House in Torrington to help with their needs for basic supplies.
Lewis Mills 3 Wolcott Tech 1
(18-25, 25-23, 25-15, 26-24)
At Wolcott Tech
Highlights: LM—Dan Kryzanski 15 kills, 11 digs; Alexander Daigle11 kills, 4 aces; Seth Ouellette 39 assists; Tim Forella 6 kills, 8 assists. WT—Matt Dell’Agnese 1 ace, 2 blocks, 39 assists, 19 digs; Tyler Kackowski 14 kills, 1 block, 29 digs; Ryan Lojewski 17 kills, 6 blocks, 2 assists, 26 digs; Taegan Murphy 7 kills, 2 blocks, 9 digs.
Records: Lewis Mills 4-4 Wolcott Tech 7-2