MILFORD — Foran’s Fallon Bevino was not happy with the way her team was playing in the second game against cross-town rival Jonathan Law. The senior did something about it.
Twice after Lions’ coach Julie Johnson called a timeout to settle her team down, Bevino answered with a resounding kill.
The efforts by Bevino and Janae Owen proved to be too much for Law to handle as Foran swept its rival, 25-22, 25-22 and 25-21 Wednesday night at Jonathan Law.
“I just felt we should be playing better than we were,” Bevino said after finishing with 17 kills. “We made too many mistakes. We had a lot of unforced errors. But, we came out with the win. They are a pretty good team. We never underestimate them.”
Bevino and Owen proved to be too much for Law to handle as the booming kills by the pair up front were not met with an answer. The duo combined for 33 kills as Owen added 16 of her own, including a pair that gave Foran leads of 22-18 and 23-19 in the decisive third game.
“We are a shorter team,” Law coach Stacy Loch said. “That was one of the best defensive teams we will play against this season.”
Foran controlled the match from the start, jumping out to a quick lead and never trailing in the first game. Bevino had seven kills in the opening game and Bryzy Gonski distributed the ball well, finishing the game with 47 assists.
The Lions led 8-3 in the first game after an ace by Kaylee Ciolino. Law cut the deficit to 16-14 on a kill by Megan Gritz, but could never even the game. After a timeout by Foran, a Bevino kill increased Foran’s lead to 17-15.
“We were playing the game with so much emotion,” Johnson said. “They are playing in a game like this and sometimes it gets to the girls. Sometimes you just want to settle things down.”
A kill by Owen gave Foran a 24-21 lead and Bevino’s acrobatic kill finished off Law in the first game. Foran played strong defensively in the opening game and that trend lasted throughout the contest.
“We have been working on our defense all week,” Foran libero Dani Kemp said. “Coach Julie told us in the huddle to focus. We got off to a quick start. We need to work on finishing.”
Sarah Gambardella brought Law within 5-3 in the second game and a run by Law which included an ace by Rebecca Minahan and two Foran errors evened the game at 9. Law was on a 7-2 run before a kill by Bevino and a Law error evened the game at 13.
Kelli Zahariades then came up big for the Lions with an ace to even the game at 16. Abi Amann had two kills for a 21-18 lead before Law got one back on a kill by Gritz.
Law got as close as 24-22 on a kill by Gambardella, but the game ended on a Kelly Hunt kill for the Lions.
“I do like the way we came back from a deficit,” Loch said. “I don’t like how we got there. We do pick ourselves up.”
Foran again got off to a quick start in the third game, taking an 8-1 lead on four kills and a block by Owen. Hunt’s kill increased the margin to 14-7 before kills by Law’s Gambardella and Jenna Bernard brought Law within 17-11.
Gambardella got Law within 23-20 with a kill but Law got no closer. Foran ended any hopes of a Law comeback with a kill by Jenna Zacarelli.
Colleen Bogucki led Law with 17 assists, Brooke Bonetti had eight digs and Bernard, Gambardella, Christina Macaluso and Gritz each finished with four kills.