“I think we are on the upswing of playing good volleyball,” said Torrington head coach Christine Gamari of her team’s recent success on the court. “We scheduled out of league games that have challenged us this season.”
Torrington (18-3) jumped out early winning the first two games of the match easily, 25-13 and then 25-22 giving them a comfortable 2-0 lead.
On the brink of being swept out of the NVL tournament the Crusaders (11-9) railed and won the third game 25-18. Leading the Red Raiders 17-11 at one point in the game, the Crusaders were able to hold off Torrington’s comeback, which included them tying the game at 17-17.
“Our hits were going in, in the third game, our serves were going in,” said Crusaders head coach Danielle Moffo.
Torrington cited mental mistakes as the reason for losing the third game.
“Mainly we had a lack of communication,” said senior outside hitter Jenna Gyuricsko.
“We weren’t covering our hitters at all,” said senior libero Shelby Consolini.
One thing the Red Raiders have been good at this season has been forgetting about the previous game and just playing its game.
Gamari challenged her girls to step up and stop the Crusaders momentum and win game four and the match.
“I told them that if we were going to win game four we would need to eliminate those mistakes,” she said.
The Red Raiders responded to Gamari by winning the first 13 points of the game and winning the game easily 25-6, and the match.
“We just had to keep serving very well, had to keep putting our hits down,” said Consolini who had 12 digs in the win.
The win in the quarterfinals is nice but the Red Raiders have more on the mind, they want to be the champions of the NVL and they hope to get a chance at No. 1 Woodland, who beat them 3-0 in one meeting this season.
“We would love to face Woodland one more time in the finals,” said Gamari. “We are Copper Division champs and we now we have our sights set on the entire NVL.”
Before they can get to the finals the Red Raiders will have to get through No. 3 Naugatuck (16-4), who have lost to Torrington both time this season, on Tuesday at Wilby High School at a time not yet determined.
No. 2 Torrington 3, No. 7 Holy Cross 1
(25-13, 25-22, 18-25, 25-6)
Highlights: T – Kiley Rosengrant 23 assists, 7 digs, 4 aces; Jenna Gyuricsko 6 kills, 16 digs; Shelby Consolini 12 digs. HC – Casey DiZinno 19 assists, 2 kills, 1 dig; Stefanie Guglielmo 24 digs, 1 dig, 6 kills; Kiera O’Donnell 2 blocks, 11 kills.
Records: Torrington 18-3, Holy Cross 11-9.
Reach Pete Paguaga in the office at 860-489-3121 ext. 326