The first day of the CIAC tournament was filled a few upsets and some good matches. Check out the roundups below and the updated brackets
DAY 1 FIRST ROUND ROUNDUP
No. 8 Amity 3, No. 25 Hamden 0 >> Kathryn Pisano had 18 assists and 4 aces, Julia Bedini was nine of nine serving with two aces and four kills and Claire Foster added five digs in the Spartans victory.
Hamden’s Desiree Upchurch was six of six serving and Jocelyn Rivera had five kills and 12 digs.
No. 15 Danbury 3, No. 18 Hand 1 >> Cassidy Wygonik had 13 kills, but the Tigers fell to Danbury in the opening round.
No. 19 Trumbull 3 No. 14 Shelton 2 >> Francesca Testani had 15 digs and nine kills, Nicole Beard added 23 assists, a kill and two aces and Kaitlyn Giangregorio had digs, three kills and three blocks, but Shelton’s season came to a close in a home loss. Trumbull’s Step Targonski had 16 kills, three aces, 10 service points four digs and a block in the upset victory for the Eagles.
No. 18 Rocky Hill 3, No. 15 Law 0 >> Colleen Bogucki had 11 assists, but the Eagles fell in the opening round (25-12, 25-19, 26-24) at Milford. Brooke Bonetti added eight digs and Sarah Gambardella finished with three kills.
No. 14 Sheehan 3, No. 19 Plainfield 0 >> Makayla Ricci finished with 15 kills and two blocks to lift the Titans over Plainfield at Wallingford.
Nicki Petit added eight kills and eight digs. Meghan Gavin chipped in with 13 assists and four digs.
Hale Ray 3, Windham Tech 1 >> Jordan Ziobron had 14 kills and two blocks, Tara Schwenzfeier had 37 assists and Sabrina Brainard added 14 kills in Hale Ray’s opening round triumph on the road.
For Windham Tech, Kara Thibodeau had nine kills, 10 digs, and two blocks.
Click links to access brackets from www.ciacsports.com
CLASS LL : Trumbull was the only team to upset an opponent, taking out Shelton, in round one.
CLASS L: No. 5 Mercy looks to stay hot after Southern Connecticut Conference tournament run in Class L.
CLASS M: Law was the only team upset in the first round.
CLASS S: No. 13 Ansonia, Valley Regional move on.
5 TOP STORYLINES
GET ON THE BUS: Last season Cheshire missed the bus to the Class LL championship against Darien and lost to the Blue Wave 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-21). Although the Rams were not about to use the bus as an excuse, this Cheshire team has been running opponents over with a perfect 22-0 record and 16 sweeps. All is looking clear on Cheshire’s road back to the final, regardless of transportation.
NO MERCY?: The only team to top the Tigers this season has been Cheshire, one of the top teams in the state. However, Mercy had a good season last year, too, going 15-3 in the regular season. The Tigers got upset in the first round 3-0 by Fitch. Can the Tigers make good on another strong season, or will this season’s win-loss record prove to be Class L fool’s gold?
READY FOR TAKEOFF: No. 1 Woodland lost in last season’s final to Ledyard 3-0. However, Ledyard’s since moved onto Class L, so the Class should be ripe for the picking for the defending NVL champs, right? The Hawks road to the title game could be one of the smoothest with its toughest match before the championship possibly coming in the quarterfinals against 13-7 No. 8 Tolland.
8 IS ENOUGH?: No. 4 Coventry has captured the last seven Class S championships. The road to eight could start with a tough Ansonia team in the second round, as Coventry has a first round bye. Coventry is also in top seeded Morgan’s part of the bracket, setting what could be a great semifinal match.
DID YOU KNOW?
NO CONTEST: Although the championship pits the top teams in each class, the matches are usually sweeps. In the last 10 years, dating back to 2003 when there were only three classes, all the Class championships have been sweeps four times. There have only been eight championship matches that have gone five sets in the last 10 years, also.
5 PLAYERS TO WATCH
Stats from www.maxpreps.com
Maria Buzzelli, Cheshire: Led her team the a perfect season, SCC Housatonic championship and to the SCC title game.
Fallon Bevino, Foran: Led the Lions to a SCC Hammonasset crown with 242 kills on the season.
Allison Denny, Amity: Had 203 kills this season for the Spartans.
Lily Dawson, Morgan: Had 641 assists for the top-seeded Huskies.
Francesca Testani, Shelton: Led the Gaels to a 13-6 record and a key win over Amity this season.
Darien looks to repeat in Class LL. Check out the other champions right here.