In a battle of unbeaten Southern Connecticut Conference rivals on Thursday, Cheshire High School girls’ volleyball (6-0) rallied from an early deficit to win 3-1 (24-26, 25-12, 25-12, 25-13) at Amity (5-1) in Woodbridge.
In an all-around effort, senior Sarah Holley posted 24 assists, four aces, three kills, and two digs. Senior tri-captain Alenna Zebarth compiled seven kills, three aces, and two digs, while junior Tori Santi tallied 13 digs (career high) and three assists.
Sophomore Avery Mola supplied seven kills, two aces, and a block. Juniors Rileigh Erickson (two digs, ace) and Elena Lilback (ace, dig) both chipped in a personal-best six kills.
Senior tri-captain Hannah Portal added five kills and two blocks.
Next Monday, CHS hosts Mercy (2-4) at 5:30 p.m. In the opener on Oct. 1, Cheshire won 3-0 in Middletown.
Field Hockey (5-0)
Sparked by a career-high three assists from junior transfer Emily Curtis, Cheshire remained unbeaten with a 7-0 victory at Lyman Hall (0-5-0-1) in Wallingford. CHS took a 5-0 halftime advantage and led 24-0 in shots on goal.
In the first half, senior co-captain Raegan Bailey put in two goals. Junior Lauren Houle posted a goal and two assists, while senior Sophie Vagts contributed a goal and an assist.
Senior Taylor Warburton, sophomore Gigi Ranoldo, and freshman Ellen Barto also scored. Junior Leah Black assisted on Barto’s goal and secured her first varsity point.
Junior Hannah Jalowiec and sophomore Elise Hurlburt didn’t need to make a save in Cheshire’s third shutout of the year. Lyman Hall sophomore Leah Herpok made 17 saves.
On Monday, CHS hosts Daniel Hand (4-1) at 4 p.m.
Boys’ Soccer (3-1-1)
The Rams built a 3-0 lead en route to winning 3-1 over Notre Dame-West Haven (0-3-1). Sophomore Samir Dishnica contributed to all three goals for Cheshire.
With 33:33 left in the first half, junior Max Manware made precise cross in front of the net where Dishnica netted the first goal. After ND-WH committed a foul in the box with 15:25 remaining before halftime, Dishnica scored on a penalty kick to tie his career-high goal total.
With 28:20 left, CHS extended their lead to 3-0. On a corner kick by Dishnica, Manware headed the ball into the net.
The Green Knights prevented a shutout with a goal by junior Shane Byrne with 8:04 remaining.
For CHS, senior co-captain Matt Pisani (two saves) and junior Andres Diosa both played in net. Cheshire has yielded only one goal in the last three games.
ND-WH junior goalkeepers Zack Benson and Matt Tobin combined for three saves.
Next Tuesday, the Rams travel to Wallingford to face Sheehan (1-2) at 4:30 p.m.
Friday’s varsity schedule:
Girls’ Swim and Dive (3-0)
In a virtual meet against Hamden, Cheshire competes from the Cheshire Community Pool at 3 p.m. CHS has won 70 straight dual meets.
Girls’ Soccer (3-1)
Due to rain in the forecast, the Rams have had their game against Shelton (3-0-1) pushed back to Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Cheshire is riding a three-game win streak.