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Volleyball: Nighthawks, Falcons fly over Weston

Savannah Carpenter, right, had five kills for the Weston High varsity volleyball team in its match at Joel Barlow last Friday, Sept. 21. Weston lost 3-0, beat New Milford 3-0 two days earlier and lost 3-1 to Newtown last Tuesday.—Scott Mullin

It was a week of ups and downs for the Weston High varsity volleyball team in three recent matches.

The Trojans, who were working to overcome inconsistencies in their game early in the season, had the additional task of facing a tough Newtown team in its own gym last Tuesday, Sept. 18. Despite graduating much of their lineup since last season the Nighthawks were still not to be overlooked, taking most of the games down to the wire as they won 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 28-26, 26-4).

Weston remained in contention in each game due to the efforts of a number of players. Savannah Carpenter led the team at the net with 12 kills. She also had 24 digs.

Sydney Weiss had 24 assists. Fran Holmes kept a lot of points in play with 25 digs and Justine Belport had 22 and led in serving with 14 points. Both had six kills.

Kelly Babcock and Anna Hengelbrok had 13 and four kills respectively.

Weston was back on the court the next day when it hosted New Milford and with better results. It dominated early and then stayed in control for a 3-0 (25-8, 25-16, 25-18) win.

Belport had a good all-around match with 15 service points, including six aces, seven kills and seven digs. Hengelbrok served nine points and had four kills and five digs.

Katie Antonovich had six service points, including five aces and five digs.

Weiss finished with 25 assists and had 11 service points with four aces. Babcock also had 11 service points (two aces).

Carpenter had five kills and nine digs and Fran Holmes had four kills. Tori Zaharoff had four service points (one ace).

Perhaps the toughest test of the week came on Friday when Weston visited Joel Barlow. The undefeated Falcons went on a few big point runs to take control in a 3-0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-19) sweep.

Barlow started the first game by going on a six-point run. Weston then got back into it by cutting the gap to 9-6. It was then a back and forth affair but Joel Barlow was able to pull away in the end.

Both teams battled for much of the next contest. With the score 10-10 Barlow then went on a 10 point run to put things out of reach Weston was only able to score  three more points before the Falcons closed it out.

The third and final game started off at 4-4 before another Barlow run made it 11-4. Weston recovered  and made the game close, cutting the lead to 22-19 as the Falcons had some trouble with their serve. However, they did not let Weston get any closer.

Carpenter kept Weston fighting for points with 10 digs. She also had five kills.

Weiss had 10 assists to go along with 10 digs. Babcock had five blocks and five digs.

Holmes had nine digs and five points while Hengelbrok had eight digs. Belport had five digs.

Weston visits Masuk on Friday at 5:30 and is at New Fairfield on Wednesday, also at 5:30.

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