On Tuesday, Cheshire High School girls’ volleyball experienced a sense of deja vu in the Southern Connecticut Conference quarterfinals. For the third time against rival Amity this fall, the Rams (16-4) jumped ahead 2-0 and then held off a comeback bid to win by a score of 3-1 (25-18, 25-18, 22-25, 25-18).
CHS (third seed) came out fast to start Tuesday’s match. Senior co-captain Ari Perlini served on a 6-0 run to a 9-1 lead and the Rams extended their advantage to 18-5.
While dropping the first set, sixth-seeded Amity (12-8) found rhythm during the frame and carried that momentum into game two. The Spartans returned to build leads of 4-0 and 6-1, but momentum shifted midway through game two. Going into the service line, senior Julia Bartiet fueled an 8-0 run (13-8) to put the Rams ahead to stay.
On the service of senior co-captain Lindsey Abramson, the Rams reeled off five points to extend their lead to 20-10. Bartiet ended game two with a kill.
Facing elimination, Amity came back to build a 7-3 advantage in the third set. Capitalizing on passing errors from the Rams, the Spartans pushed their lead to 17-8.
The Rams staged a late rally, riding a 7-0 service run from sophomore Jenna Stickney to cut the deficit to 23-21.
Bartiet supplied three kills in the comeback, but Amity held on to clinch the third game on a kill by sophomore Natalie Furst.
The Rams bounced back in the fourth set. Bartiet and sophomore Victoria Santi both provided service on 4-0 runs, helping CHS build a 16-7 lead. Amity cut Cheshire’s lead to 19-15, but the Rams pulled through to seal the victory.
Abramson posted 12 kills, 12 digs, and three aces. Bartiet compiled 10 kills, four aces, and two digs.
Senior co-captain Ari Perlini contributed 15 kills, an ace, an assist, and a kill. Senior Emma Watkinson recorded 32 assists, four digs, and four kills.
Stickney supplied seven kills, six digs, and four aces. Junior Alenna Zebarth contributed five kills, two digs, and a block.
In semifinal action on Thursday, CHS visits Shelton (second seed, 17-3) to play at 6:30 p.m. The Rams won 3-0 on Sept. 25, but the Gaelettes picked up a 3-1 home victory on Oct. 10.