CHS Girls' Volleyball Outlasts Rival In SCC Final, Earns Record 16th Tournament Title

CHS Girls' Volleyball Outlasts Rival In SCC Final, Earns Record 16th Tournament Title

On Saturday, Cheshire High School girls’ volleyball extended their excellence in the Southern Connecticut Conference Tournament. In the final match at West Haven, CHS (top seed, 21-2) battled to win 3-2 (13-25, 25-20, 25-20, 24-26, 15-13) over rival Amity (third seed, 18-4) and claim their record 16th SCC crown.

Cheshire’s third straight title also extended their current win streak to 13 matches.

CHS won 3-1 in both regular-season meetings with Amity, but the Rams still expected a battle. In game one, the Spartans went on a 6-0 run to go up 17-10 and take the first set.

Amity raced out to a 7-3 advantage in game two, however the service of senior tri-captain Avery Mola fueled a seven-point run that put the Rams ahead to stay. In later returning behind the service line, Mola ended the second set with an ace.

In the third set, the Rams built a 14-8 lead in game and proceeded to take a 2-1 advantage in the match. Mola tallied an ace on set point.

Amity came out aggressive in game four, building a 20-12 advantage, however the Rams made a furious rally to tie the set at 24-24. In a key spot, the Spartans won the next two points to even the match at 2-2.

In the decisive fifth game, CHS used a 4-0 run to erase a 2-0 deficit. Amity took a 6-5 lead, but the Rams pulled ahead and didn’t give up the lead to win the crown.

Cheshire improved to 3-0 against the Spartans this fall.

Mola (20 kills, five digs, two aces, and block) received SCC Tournament Most Outstanding Player. She led the offense, but the Rams also utilized depth. Sophomore Eva Catalanotto tallied 10 kills, three aces, and a block.

Senior Kat Ulicki posted six kills, three digs, two aces, and two blocks. Senior tri-captain Lizzie Braun added six kills and a dig.

Senior tri-captain Sophia Surato compiled 21 assists, and seven digs, while senior Mimi Perlini contributed 19 assists and eight digs. Senior Lauren Samela had 14 digs and two assists.

Before the match, Mola was recognized as the SCC Player of the Year for the second straight season. Mola and Samela were both selected to the All-SCC First Team.

With the victory, CHS also became the first school to win all of the girls’ SCC titles in the same season. Cheshire had already claimed crowns in cross country, field hockey, soccer, and swim and dive this fall.

Cheshire girls’ volleyball is now gearing up for states. As the second seed in the Class LL Tournament, they have a bye in the first round.

Next Thursday at 6 p.m., the Rams will host the winner of Westhill (15th seed, 14-7) and Manchester (18th seed, 12-6).


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