To open the season on Monday, Cheshire High School boys’ volleyball rallied from a 2-0 deficit to win 3-2 (24-26, 21-25, 25-13, 25-13, 15-13) over Amity (0-2). CHS held late leads in the first two games, but the Spartans ended both frames with 5-0 runs to build their lead.
Amity erased three game points in winning the first set.
While facing a hole, the Rams battled to win the next two sets. Cheshire jumped out to a 8-2 lead in game three and then raced out to a 7-2 advantage during game four.
Momentum shifted in the decisive fifth set. Amity reeled off five points to take a 10-8 lead, but Cheshire answered with a 6-0 run to get a match point.
The Spartans won three points to cut the deficit to a point, but senior Jeremy Alliger put down a lob kill in the middle to clinch the opening victory.
Alliger (13 kills, six aces, block), senior Thor Novicelli (15 kills), junior Tim Nugent (33 assists, six kills, four aces, three digs), and senior Shea Cronin (four aces, three digs, two kills) all had career-best numbers for the Rams.
On Wednesday, CHS visits Joel Barlow (1-0) to compete at 5:30 p.m.
CHS exploded offensively in a 17-1 victory at Hamden (1-1). The Rams scored runs in the first and second innings before adding five in the third. To cap their scoring, Cheshire put up 10 runs in the top of the fifth.
Hamden snapped the shutout with a run in the bottom of the fifth and then the game was called due to the mercy rule.
A four-year starter, senior co-captain/pitcher Bri Pearson gave up just one hit and recorded six strikeouts. She also supplied a double, a single, and an RBI.
Senior co-captain Dee Floyd hit her first home run, a grand slam, and picked up four RBIs. For the second straight game, senior co-captain Trinadey Santiago contributed a home run and picked up three RBIs.
Junior Grace Lurz, senior co-captains Gracie Hemstock and Ella Watson, freshmen Karla Carangelo (RBI) and Taylor Kozlowski (RBI), senior Kailey Sweigard (two RBIs), and sophomore Lizzie Braun joined Pearson with two hits in the victory.
Junior Charlee Nagle, sophomore Karissa Spring (RBI double), and freshman Emma Ballschmieder had additional hits. Sophomore Jordan Chymbor also had an RBI.
On Wednesday, CHS visits Madison to compete against Daniel Hand (0-2) at 3:45 p.m.
Boys’ Lacrosse (2-0)
Cheshire boys’ lacrosse built a 9-2 halftime lead en route to earning a 13-4 win over Daniel Hand (1-1). Senior co-captain Brian Bouwman compiled three goals and three assists (personal best), while junior Jason Raba tallied his first hat trick.
Senior Jack Davis contributed two goals and an assist for his first varsity points. Senior Jack Lovelace supplied two goals and two assists.
Sophomore Charles Kurtz (two assists), senior Evan Stern, and freshman Matt Jeffery added goals. Sophomore Ben Thompson picked up his first point (assist).
Senior Aidan Gaudet won 18 of 21 face-offs. In net, senior Andrew Vernon made six saves and sophomore Connor Atwater saw his first varsity action off the bench.
On Thursday, the Rams travel for their road opener at North Haven. Start time is 6 p.m.
Boys’ Tennis (2-0)
Cheshire has opened the season with a pair of 6-1 victories. On Monday, the Rams beat Branford (0-2).
Junior Utsav Subramani, senior captain Yasha Laskin, and sophomore Andrew Gershfeld swept all of their 12 games. Senior Josh Goldstein added a 6-1, 6-0 victory.
In doubles, seniors Nate Houle and Jacob Niebling won 6-3, 6-1. Seniors Ryan Shan and Shrey Sheth pulled out a 6-3, 0-6, 10-8 victory.
For the road opener on Wednesday, the Rams visit Shelton (0-1) to compete at 10 a.m.
In extra innings in Wallingford, Cheshire lost 4-3 at Sheehan (1-1). CHS took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning, but the Titans scored twice in the bottom half and added a run during the sixth.
CHS staged a rally in the seventh, scoring twice to tie the game at 3-3, however Sheehan used a bases-loaded hit by sophomore Josh Mikulski to walk off with a victory in the eighth.
In the game, the Rams came home to score three times on passed balls. Sophomore Mike Simeone scored twice after reaching on a single and a walk. Senior Mike Mercaldi, junior Danny Zawalich, and sophomores Anthony Tirado (run scored) and Ian Wirtz contributed their first hits.
Junior Max Gustafson and senior Chris Leddy had walks.
In his first start on the mound, Zawalich recorded two strikeouts in four innings. He allowed five hits and three walks.
Junior Ryan Camp (two hits, two walks), Leddy (hit), and junior Ethan Rosenthal (two hits, four walks, strikeout) pitched in relief. Zawalich, Leddy, and Rosenthal worked their first innings on varsity.
On Wednesday, the Rams visit Hamden (2-0) to play at 4 p.m.
Girls’ Tennis (0-2)
In the home opener, CHS lost 6-1 to Lauralton Hall (2-0). At number three doubles, senior Hannah Brennan and sophomore Julia Hummel won 6-3, 7-5. The victory was the first of Hummel’s career.
On Wednesday, Cheshire visits Wesleyan University to face Mercy at 3:45 p.m.