MERIDEN — Following the handshake line after Southington volleyball’s 13th win in a row on Friday night, Southington senior co-captain Zack Morgan shook hands with his coach, Lou Gianacopolos, and said, “Our team needed today. Today was a good day.”
The Blue Knights swept host Maloney 3-0 at the Nessing Gymnasium on Friday night by game scores of 25-13, 25-10 and 25-17. The game appropriately ended on a slam by Southington’s Tim Walsh.
But it was more than just the notch in the win column that was important for the Blue Knights.
“We needed an opportunity to have a match that counted that we can focus and reset on our goals,” Gianacopolos said. “We had a good practice yesterday. We executed our goals today and built a little more confidence. When you can build a person’s confidence at this age, it’s the greatest thing you can do.”
Walsh finished with a match-high seven kills and added seven digs. Brett Hunter and Adam Hunter each had six kills apiece.
Meanwhile, Morgan dished out 30 assists. John Idian added eight digs, which was tops in the match.
Jaybril Pagan had 11 assists for the Spartans (2-12). Greg Peruti and Russell Lozowski had three kills apiece for the hosts. Maloney’s Chuong Vu and Michael Coitrone each had four digs.
Maloney takes the court again on Monday at Hall. The Blue Knights also return to the court on Monday at Conard as they look to remain unbeaten.
“We have already proven we have worked through difficult situations and win," Gianacopolos said. “The most important thing is playing a team a second time and have beaten already and be prepared and push even harder than you did the first time. My challenge to this team is to push harder than they did before because you never know.”Boys lacrosse
Simsbury 13, Southington 7: Evan Johanns and Ethan Thomson had two goals apiece for the Blue Knights in the CCC setback in Simsbury.
Matt Thompson (assist), Jack Tedone and Rory Missal each had a goal for Southington, while Seth Bogoslofski dished out two assists.
Garrett Brown made 12 saves for Southington, now 6-4. The Trojans are 9-2.Girls lacrosse
Sheehan 18, Hamden 10: Carlee Crispens had four goals for the Titans in the SCC win at Riccitelli Field.
The contest was tied 6-6 at the half. The Titans exploded for 12 goals in the second half and came away at 8-4 overall.
Madi Gaynor, Molly Donegan, Mallory Crispens and Alexa Alchimio all had hat tricks for Sheehan. Gaynor and Mallory Crispens added three assists apiece and Donegan had one.
Allie Ottochian (assist) and Samantha Hart also found the back of the net for the Titans. Kaitlin Mills added eight saves in net.
Ally Ferraro netted five goals for the Green Dragons (3-9).