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Local roundup: Waterford hands rival East Lyme first volleyball loss

East Lyme – Waterford handed rival East Lyme its first loss of the season, sweeping the Vikings 3-0 in an Eastern Connecticut Conference volleyball match on Thursday night.

Game scores were 25-22, 25-21 and 25-20.

Angela Colonis led the Lancers (5-1) with 23 assists and 10 digs while Lily Kramer finished with five blocks and eight kills and Kate Lange had eight kills and five aces.

Brooklyn Geida had seven kills for East Lyme (4-1) while Ryan Nagle added five digs.

H.S. swimming

• Laura Letellier and Delaney Reck won two individual events apiece as the Fitch/Stonington/New London co-op defeated Ledyard 82-46 in a virtual ECC meet. Letellier won the 200-yard individual medley (2:27.36) and 100 breaststroke (1:12.86) for the Falcons (3-1) while Reck captured the 100 freestyle (56.56) and 100 backstroke (1:07.88). Fitch also picked up individual wins from Finella Smith in the 200 free (2:14.57), Emily Tarinelli in the 50 free (28.11) and Kyle Heard in the 500 free (6:03.991). Ledyard (0-4) won the 400 freestyle relay in 4:52.46.

UConn launches 'Fight on Fund'

The UConn athletic department has launched the "Fight on Fund" — an effort to raise funds needed to ensure the safety, well-being, and experience of its student-athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic. The fund will help mitigate significant revenue losses by the cancellation of fall sports and led to budget cuts, salary reductions and a hiring freeze.

"The generosity and support of UConn Nation is something that sets UConn athletics apart as we continue to strive for excellence in competition and in the classroom," athletic director David Benedict said. "As a result of the pandemic, new expenses have been thrust upon us and revenue generation opportunities have been compromised. The Fight on Fund will ease many of our financial challenges, ensuring that our student-athletes will continue to be supported appropriately."

Donations made to the fund will go toward scholarship support, academic support, COVID testing, sports medicine, nutrition, and mental health services, as well as other operational needs. Individuals who give to the Fight on Fund during the 2020-21 donor year will receive 2x the standard priority points (20 points per $100).

Benedict said the fund is an unrestricted current-use fund, which means that gifts can be applied when and where they are most needed.

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