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    Thursday, April 18, 2024

    H.S. roundup: EL wins ECC Div. I volleyball title, getting some help from NFA in the process

    Montville’s Anna Bubucis (33) rises at the net for a kill during the Wolves’ 3-0 ECC Division IV volleyball win over Wheeler on Monday night at Montville High School. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Wheeler’s Allison Needham (34) sets the ball to a teammate during a volleyball game at Montville High School on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Montville’s Zoie Farrar (11) keeps the ball alive as teammates look on during a volleyball game against Wheeler at Montville High School on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    Montville players celebrate a point during a game against Wheeler at Montville High School on Monday, Oct. 16, 2023. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
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    East Lyme — East Lyme, with a helping hand from Norwich Free Academy, captured the Eastern Connecticut Conference Division I volleyball title on Monday.

    The Vikings, who began the night tied for first with Woodstock Academy, earned the outright championship when they defeated Fitch 3-0 and NFA surprised Woodstock 3-2.

    East Lyme (13-2 overall), which won its ninth straight by games scores of 25-14, 25-14 and 25-15, finished division play 5-1 while Woodstock wound up 4-2. The two split a pair of regular-season meetings.

    Taylor Kachinsky had seven kills and nine digs while Addison Soleau seven kills and Lily Brush eight aces against the Falcons (5-10, 0-6), who were led by Bella Ditmore with 14 assists, Kami Ortiz with seven kills and Tessa Cantone with eight digs.

    In other matches:

    • NFA outlasted Woodstock 25-21, 25-16, 14-25, 22-25 and 15-11. The Wildcats (11-6, 3-3) were led by Evelina Klyukin with 27 digs, Savannah Guernsey with five kills and 14 assists and Ginger Weston with 20 digs.

    • ECC Division IV champion Montville swept Wheeler 25-7, 25-16 and 25-14. Mackenzie Payne led the Wolves (13-2, 6-0) with 20 assists and three aces while Zoie Farrar had 11 kills and three aces. Abby Butremovic had 23 digs and Addison Stanley four blocks for the Lions (5-10, 3-3).

    • ECC Division II champion Waterford completed an unbeaten division season with a 25-10, 25-19 and 25-18 win over Ledyard. Danica Agsalud had 20 assists, Emerson Lane 10 kills, Brielle Kenney five kills, Jennie Macca Barnes six kills and Ava Majeski nine digs for the Lancers (13-2, 6-0). Kylie Gill led the Colonels (5-11, 0-6) with 11 digs while Emily Peckham had 12 assists and Keara Opelink had seven blocks.

    • Ruby Logan had 34 digs, two kills and one ace to highight Griswold’s 20-25, 25-13, 25-19 and 25-21 win over Bacon Academy in an ECC Division II match. Gretta Dombkowski added nine kills, thre aces and four digs for the Wolverines (9-6-4-2) while Summer McLean had 16 assists, 11 digs and three aces and Bella Bruno 18 assists, eight digs and one ace. Kiera Stewart had 39 assists and eight digs for Bacon (7-8, 2-4) while Sammi D’Atri had 15 digs and Meghan Walsh had 10 kills.

    • New London, after dropping the first game 21-25, bounced back to win three straight (25-17, 25-20 and 25-21) and beat Putnam 3-1 in ECC Division IV play. Nyarah Dudley had 26 digs, five aces, nine kills and 10 service points for the Whalers (9-8, 3-3) while Serenity Lancaster added 16 digs, 11 kills and two aces, Raelyn Lopez had 21 assists, 25 digs and two aces, Cashel Jones had 17 digs, six aces and 23 points, and Mercedes Pratts had 11 digs and three aces.

    • Alandra Johnson had 15 kills and nine service points in Grasso Tech’s 25-10, 25-21 and 25-12 sweep of Vinal Tech in the CTC. Antonia Orbe had 10 assists while Emma Pavlak had 15 service points and 21 kills and Calianix Mercado added 13 assists and eight service points for the Eagles (5-7, 5-5).

    • Cheney Tech rallied for a 3-2 win over Norwich Tech in the CTC. The Beavers won by game scores of 17-25, 21-25, 25-16, 25-13 and 15-13. Norwich Tech is 5-9, 5-4.

    • North Branford outlasted Old Lyme 25-17, 17-25, 26-24 and 25-19 in the Shoreline Conference. Grace Phaneuf had 24 assists and nine digs for the Wildcats (8-8, 7-7) while Peighton Andrews added 10 kills and 13 digs, Maya LeQuire seven kills and Kelly Sheehan four blocks and four aces.

    Boys’ soccer

    • Unbeaten East Lyme, ranked fourth in the latest Class LL-L state poll, rolled to a 4-0 victory over Bacon Academy. Robert Stoddard scored two goals for the Vikings (12-0) while Finian Gates had a goal and an assist, Max Montejano had one goal, A.J. Montejano, Dominik Stefanski and Caleb Trost each had one assist and goalie Ben Johnson made four saves. Zach Carroll made nine saves for Bacon (5-6-1).

    • Colby Cowan scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, as Montville slipped past New London 3-2 in an ECC Division III match. Chris Baukus also scored for the Wolves (9-3-1, 6-0-1), ranked eighth in the latest Class M-S state poll, while Adonis Santiago, Madden Brown and Noah Keenan added assists and Santiago made seven saves in goal. The Whalers (8-5, 4-2) got a goal from Stouvenly Dortelus and an own goal while Kelvin Diaz made eight saves.

    • Peyton Luther scored all four goals in Ledyard’s 4-2 ECC Division II win over Windham. Ben Crowe assisted on three of them for the Colonels (11-1, 5-0) while Cam Weber added an assist and Paulo Templeton made four saves.

    • Sawyer VanLew, assisted by Sal Alessio, scored three minutes into sudden death as Stonington rallied for a 2-1 win over Waterford in an ECC Division II match. The Bears (8-5, 3-2) overcame and early 1-0 deficit to tie the game on a second-half goal by Andy Kramer, also assisted by Alessio. Waterford is 8-5, 2-3.

    • Brendan Landry and Lucas Dasilva scored goals for Old Lyme in a 2-2 tie with Westbrook in the Shoreline Conference. Kaedin Gerster and Colman Curtiss-Reardon each had an assist for the Wildcats (4-8-1, 4-5-1).

    • Lewis Hawkins III and Erick Portillo accounted for the goals in NFA’s 2-0 win over Woodstock in an ECC Division I match. Griffin Chapel and Logan Jenkins added assists for the Wildcats (8-4-1, 3-1).

    • St. Bernard scored three first half goals and went on hand Norwich Tech it first loss, 3-1 in a nonleague match. Jose Pacheco, Luke Brannegan and Ben Howes were the goal-scorers for the Saints (9-3) and goalie Tim Regan made six saves. Lukas Weitknecht had a goal for Norwich Tech (9-1-2).

    Girls’ soccer

    • Chloe Green’s unassisted goal in the second half was the difference for NFA in a 3-2 victory over Bacon Academy. Leah Burchman and Sadie Daniewicz also scored while Jordan Fabry added an assist and goalie Ava Boenig made 12 saves for the Wildcats (9-2-2). Mia Hageman and Veroncia Smith scored for the Bobcats (8-3-1).

    • Ledyard’s Maddie McLeod and Fitch’s Hannah Richardson each scored a goal in a 1-1 tie in Division II. Goalie Jess Dudley made four saves for the Colonels (2-8-2, 1-4-1). Emma Forde had an assist for the Falcons (0-13-1, 0-5-1) and goalie Jayda Johnson had 11 saves.

    • Lyman Memorial scored all of its goals in the first half during a 6-0 nonleague win over Windham Tech. Emily McKelvey scored three goals for the Bulldogs (10-2) while Haley Cardinali, Madeline Archer and Taylor Lawrence each scored once. Avery Volle and Rebecca Risley each had an assist, and goalies Phoebe Carpenter and Archer combined for nine saves.

    Boys’ cross country

    • Norwich Tech’s Giuseppe Race placed fourth in the Connecticut Technical Conference championship meet at Wickham Park in Manchester. Race finished the 5k course in 19:19 and helped the Warriors to a fourth-place finish in the team standings with 147 points. Teammate Elijah Orbe was 29th in 22:08. Tyler Collins was the top finisher for Grasso Tech in 20th-place (21:40) and helped the Eagles place 11th with 280 points.

    Girls’ cross country

    • Norwich Tech had three runners finish in the top 20 during the CTC championship meet at Wickham Park. Amelia Hawkins was sixth (28:38), Gianna Tanguay 15th (30:15) and and Analia Arriaga 18th (31:26) for the Warriors, while Grasso Tech’s Nayara Arias placed 26th in 35:37.

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