WOODBRIDGE – The last time Amity and Lyman Hall met on the volleyball court, the match went to five games before the Spartans prevailed.
Looking to stay away from another long battle with the Trojans, Amity turned to its seniors.
Led by Haley Pierson, Nina Luciani and Caroline DelVecchio, Amity won its sixth straight match with a 3-0 victory over Lyman Hall in a Southern Connecticut Conference Housatonic Division contest at Amity High Tuesday evening.
The 3-0 (25-16, 25-19, 26-24) victory helped the Spartans improve to 14-2, while Lyman Hall fell to 10-5 with its second straight loss.
“Every game in this (Housatonic) division is tough,” Amity first-year coach Seth Davis said. “Every game is a big game in this division. It is one of the toughest divisions. It always gives you incentive to go harder.”
After winning the first game by nine points after a kill by Luciani sealed the win, Amity got off to a quick start in the second game, taking a 14-8 lead on a pair of aces by DelVecchio.
The Trojans went on a 5-0 run with Olivia Spence on the service line to seemingly cut the deficit to one point. But, a rotation error which saw Lyman Hall serve out of order, took points away from the Trojans and gave the Spartans a 15-10 lead, which may have been the turning point of the match.
“We served out of rotation,” Lyman Hall coach Karolina Wytrykowska said. “It was unfortunate. We went from that rally to a five-point deficit and we had to play catch-up again.”
With a newly found five-point lead, Amity used a kill by Pierson and a block by Katriana Helfenbein to go up by seven points. A kill by Kim Petit got the Trojans within three points, but Amity closed the game on a 7-4 run, including a block by Luciani to end the second game.
“We work hard all year on our defense,” Davis said. “We work extremely hard on not letting the ball hit the floor. We go after everything.”
The Spartans jumped out to a 7-2 lead in the final game on an ace by Pierson and a kill by DelVecchio, before Lyman Hall rallied back. A kill by Samantha Cook evened the game at 11 and a block by Jamilee Sawicki had the Trojans on top 13-11.
Amity continued to use its defense to take the lead once again. With the Trojans unable to land a ball on the floor, Amity took another lead on a 4-0 run paced by two kills by Kathleen Walsh.
“Our defense is really good,” Pierson said. “There is still room for improvement with our defense. Other teams are always trying different things and we have to be able to adjust.”
A block by Lyman Hall’s Deanna Rackie evened the third game at 20 before Helfenbein gave the Spartans a two-point lead with a kill. A kill by DelVecchio had the Spartans at match point, but Lyman Hall evened the game at 24, setting up DelVecchio’s final kill for the 26-24 win.
Pierson was a key player in Amity’s victory as she finished with 31 assists to set up the offense. Pierson also played well on defense with 11 digs.
Defensively, the Spartans were led by senior captain Brianna Mirmina, who had 25 digs. Jenna Pisano also added five digs. Micaela Cardozo and DelVecchio led the offense with nine kills apiece, while Luciani added eight kills.
Naomi Rascati led Lyman Hall with 23 digs and five kills, Petit added 14 digs and four kills, and Lily Edeen had 11 digs and seven kills.