BROOKFIELD — It couldn’t have gone much worse for the Weston volleyball team the day before, as a sweep at the hands of Masuk suddenly halted a three-game win streak.
The Trojans didn’t have long to return to the drawing board, yet still came away with the answer in a solid performance against a fellow playoff hopeful.
Weston dropped the second set in its game against Brookfield on Tuesday night, but regrouped to pull away for a 3-1 (25-21, 19-25, 25-16, 25-17) win. Junior hitter Kate Anderson controlled the game in both rows, serving five aces while coming away with 14 kills.
“I’m very happy with them,” said Weston coach Mackenzie Moosbrugger. “We played Masuk (Monday) and obviously didn’t show up. I’m happy with the fact that my team played like a team tonight; they kept pushing on the other team.”
Anderson went on a long service run in the third game to open a 13-6 lead, then appropriately served out the final four points. The fourth set was knotted at 11-11 before the Trojans went on another long run.
“She really gets ahold of the ball,” Moosbrugger said. “She can control the net absolutely and her block as well. That all stems from her passing and she capitalized on those sets.”
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Weston entered play 5-2 in the SWC while Brookfield was 4-3. The Bobcats were in a four-way tie for sixth in the standings, making the final stretch even more important for both teams to claim enough wins to qualify for the tournament.
“We talk usually at the start of every week,” Moosbrugger said. “So we knew this is a big week for us with Masuk, Brookfield and Pomperaug, all three are really big games. After we talk about it once, we just play.”
The Bobcats got off to a remarkable 8-1 start, but have stumbled against several of the stronger teams in the SWC. A third loss in five games will test the Bobcats’ resolve, said coach Daylon Wilkins.
“I feel like we’re a little happy with where we are right now instead of pushing through to get better,” Wilkins. “We are settling; those are things I have to make adjustments on and we have to work on in practice. This game was a gut-check for how the rest of the season will go.”
Josie Luizzi led the Bobcats’ efforts Tuesday with 12 kills and 10 digs while Emma Mangold added 16 digs. Brookfield had its moments in the match including dominating the second set.
“On our side of the court, we didn’t control the ball,” Wilkins said. “They were giving us opportunity after opportunity and we didn’t capitalize. … I think we could have won tonight, we didn’t play our best.”
WESTON 3, BROOKFIELD 1
WESTON25 19 25 25 — 3
BROOKFIELD21 25 16 17 — 1
Highlights: W—Katherine Anderson had 14 kills, 5 aces and 4 blocks. Kelly Rosemann had 18 assists. Jordan Baisley had 16 digs and 3 aces. B—Josie Luizzi had 12 kills and 10 digs. Madison Carroll had 8 kills, 2 blocks and 4 aces. Fernanda Hanashiro had 19 assists. Emma Mangold had 16 digs. Records: Weston 9-4, 6-2 SWC; Brookfield 10-4, 4-4 SWC.