ALONG ROUTE 10 — The Southington and Cheshire boys volleyball teams had no difficulty moving to the next stop on the state tournament line.
Both swept quarterfinal matches at home on Friday with only a minor speed bump in the middle game. Southington, the No. 1 seed in Class L, took out No. 8 Conard 25-15, 26-24 and 25-16. Cheshire, the No. 2 seed in Class M, dispatched No. 10 Masuk 25-16, 29-27 and 25-22.
The Blue Knights, champions of the Central Connecticut Conference, pushed their unbeaten record to 23-0. Cheshire, kings of the Southern Connecticut Conference, climbed to 19-4.
Both teams will travel to neutral sites for Tuesday’s semifinals. The Blue Knights go to Oxford to face No. 4 Staples (18-2), a long-time postseason rival. The Rams go to Kennedy-Waterbury to take on No. 6 Farmington (15-6), a team they twice defeated 3-2 in the regular season.
Both matches on Tuesday start at 5 p.m.
On Friday, Cheshire eliminated Masuk behind 10 kills from Aiden Godfrey and nine from Colby Hayes, who also planted three aces.
Setter Luke Pinciaro dished 13 assists and served two aces. He also had a strong game at the net with Hayes. Both players had three blocks.
Tristan McDonough (19 kills, 12 digs) posted a double-double for Masuk (11-10). Alden Snajder snared 22 digs, while Sean McCaulley piled up 23 assists and three aces.
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