After the coronavirus pandemic caused the 2020 season to be canceled, Cheshire High School boys’ volleyball has hoisted the Southern Connecticut Conference plaque again after a one-year hiatus. On Friday, the Rams (top seed, 16-2) earned a 3-1 win (25-22, 25-20, 19-25, 25-22) over Amity (third seed, 10-10) in the SCC final.
Cheshire extended their win streak to 15 matches and secured a 3-0 record against the Spartans this spring.
Despite missing eight serves in the first set, CHS found a way to come out on top. Amity reeled off a 6-0 run to go up 18-15, but the Rams finished game one on a 10-4 spurt. With the game tied at 22-22, CHS won the last three points and clinched on a kill by senior Ethan Feinberg.
The Spartans jumped out to a 7-2 advantage in game two, but senior Ronik Patel served on a 5-0 run to help the Rams take a 9-8 lead.
Cheshire led just 18-17 until gaining separation on a 7-3 spurt to end game two. Senior Thor Novicelli ended the frame with a kill.
CHS held an 11-10 lead in game three, but Amity went on a 15-8 spurt to take the set.
Amity tried to force a fifth set, rallying to tie the Rams at 22-22 in game four, but Cheshire responded by winning the final three points to clinch the match.
To end the match, senior Shea Cronin served the ball in the middle and the Spartans hit it short into the net. With 13 digs and four aces, Cronin was named SCC Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
Junior Tim Nugent posted 37 assists, two aces, and a dig. Senior co-captain Jeremy Alliger, Novicelli (six digs, ace), and senior Samson Portal (four digs, block) earned 12 kills.
Senior Collin Crowe came up with key plays in the fourth set. He finished with eight kills (tie for career high), two blocks, and a dig.
Cheshire will now prepare for the Class M Tournament. After a bye in the first round, the third-seeded Rams return next Friday to host a quarterfinal against the winner of Masuk (sixth seed, 12-4) and Simsbury (11th seed, 8-11).
Boys’ Tennis (third seed, 16-4)
In the Class L First Round, Cheshire boys’ tennis came up short in a 4-3 loss to Xavier (14th seed, 8-10). Senior captain Yasha Laskin (6-0, 6-0), sophomore Andrew Gershfeld (6-0, 6-1), and Josh Goldstein (6-0, 6-0) were victorious in singles.
Gershfeld finished the season unbeaten at number three singles.
CHS had swept Xavier in the regular season.
The Rams are awaiting the field for the State Open. For the team portion of the season, the Rams will graduate Laskin, Goldstein, Nate Houle, Jacob Niebling, Ryan Shan, and Shrey Sheth.