NAUGATUCK >> Torrington’s girls volleyball team showed its full range of superpowers in a 3-1 (25-12, 25-18, 21-25, 25-15) win over Naugatuck in an NVL Tournament semifinal match at Naugatuck High School Tuesday night.
“It’s why they’re 21-1,” said Naugatuck coach Kevin Wesche. “They’re tremendous athletes and they can hit from anywhere.”
Game One featured superhuman Red Raider digs. Hitting on both sides was crisp, but Torrington consistently sent the ball back over the net long after the point seemed lost.
The advantage sent them out to a 7-1 start. The Greyhounds (15-7), owning a 2-0 advantage in their first regular-season match against Torrington before the Raiders (21-1) came back for a 3-2 win, never had a chance.
“We came out with energy,” said Torrington coach Christine Gamari. “We wanted to set the tone.”
Mission accomplished, but the energy seemed spent in the next two games. Torrington looked merely human, with a win and a loss.
“We weren’t talking,” said middle hitter Jolie Fox (11 kills, 2 blocks).
“Talking always makes a difference,” said libero Candyce Jewett.
“There were offensive and defensive breakdowns,” said Gamari. “I’m glad it happened here and not in future games.”
But “human” for the Raiders is still pretty good.
Unfazed by the first game, Naugatuck led 10-5 in Game Two, clinging to a lead all the way to 18-17 behind Olivia Rotatori (11 kills, 5 blocks) and Taylor Hyde (3 kills, 4 blocks).
Torrington took over for the win with kills by Nina Lestrud (7 kills, 3 blocks, 4 digs) and Lauren Gaghan (11 kills, 2 digs, 1 ace).
Down 2-0, the Greyhounds dug in.
Torrington led 17-13 late in Game 3, seeming to have the match in hand by 21-19. Instead, a Torrington error, Greyhound kill and serving ace by Emma Healy put Naugatuck in the lead, 22-21.
Rotatori finished it off for the win with two kills and a block.
Torrington super powers were back in Game 4, this time with cannon-shot kills from Fox, thanks to perfect sets from Jayleen Colon (36 assist, 9 digs) and a final kill by Carissa Carbone (13 kills, 13 digs, 3 aces).
Carbone, one of the best athletes on the team, was named the NVL’s Most Valuable Senior.
No. 3 Woodland took No. 2 Seymour to five games before bowing to last year’s NVL champion in the first semifinal. Seymour and Torrington meet Thursday, 7 p.m. at Woodland High School, for this year’s title.
Torrington 3, Naugatuck 1
(25-12, 25-18, 21-25, 25-15)
At Naugatuck High School
Highlights: T – Carissa Carbone 13 kills, 13 digs, 3 aces; Lauren Gaghan 11 kills, 2 digs, 1 ace; Jolie Fox 11 kills, 2 blocks; Jayleen Colon 36 assists, 9 digs; Nina Lestrud 7 kills, 3 blocks, 4 digs. N – Olvia Rotatori 11 kills, 5 blocks; Taylor Hyde 3 kills, 4 blocks.
Records: Torrington 21-1; Naugatuck 15-7