FARMINGTON>> For the second consecutive year, the Farmington girls volleyball team finished the regular season undefeated.
The Indians (19-0) capped their perfect record with a victory over Simsbury (15-3) on Wednesday in four sets, 3-1 (25-19, 25-22, 21-25, 25-8). It was the first four-set match they had played all year.
Sophie Borg led the Indians with 13 kills and 19 assists, followed by Laura Roman with 12 kills and Mary Schoennher had six. Rachel Gombatz also added 22 assists.
“It doesn’t matter, we won the match,” Farmington coach Laura Arena said. “We knew it was going to be an emotional day, we ended up losing our middle hitter. You know what? Simsbury’s been playing great since we played them a few weeks ago. It was a good match. I’m proud of the girls.”
In the middle of the set, Farmington’s Sarah Lipinski went down with an ankle injury and had to be helped off the court.
The third set started like the first two with Simsbury taking an early lead. But unlike most Farmington opponents, this one wouldn’t be relinquished. The closest Farmington got was 5-6 after an early Borg kill. Then the Trojans pulled away.
Nine of the next 10 points went Simsbury’s way as Farmington continued to make errors.
“We pretty much were our own worst enemy in Game 3 with missing a lot of serves, a lot of careless hitting errors,” Arena said.
A service error on set point gave the Trojans the 25-21 win.
“We came in here looking to win the match, not just win a set,” Simsbury coach Daniel Franczek said. “Those first three games, I felt we could have won all three. So, I feel real good about my team.”
The Indians came back to win the fourth set 25-8 lead by a strong defensive effort from libero Devon Michaelis.
“They responded beautifully in game four and thats what they needed,” Arena said “So I can’t be anything but happy that they did. Moving forward they need to have those challenges.”
“I thought our defense played extremely well. Offensively, we struggled. We made a lot of hitting errors. I think our defense is one of our strengths. I’ve got Devon Michaelis, one of the best liberos in the state by far, and I think our defense played very well.”
Simsbury now has three losses on the year and two of them came at the hands of Farmington.
“The second half of the season we played very good volleyball and tonight was a pretty good example of the quality of team that we have,” Franczek said.
“I thought they played with, ultimately, the best team in the state in all likelihood. It shows we can play with anybody.”
The Trojans also had an injury. Early in the fourth set, Maia Czaikowski went down with an injury to her ankle and did not return.
Caroline Hendershot paced Simsbury with seven kills, eight digs and seven blocks. Madeline Kodak dished 11 assists and had seven digs and libero Victoria Davis chipped in with 20 digs.
The CCC tournament begins on Oct. 29 with the quarterfinals being played at the site of the higher seed. Farmington is slated to be the top seed. Simsbury’s spot is still unknown since it has one more regular season match vs. East Hartford on Friday.