Volleyball: Winning streak continues

If the Weston High girls varsity volleyball team has worked out a few inconsistencies in its play such is also reflected in its recent matches.

The Trojans have won their last four, including three sweeps. Just over the halfway point of the regular season, they are one win shy of qualifying for the state Class M tournament.

Visiting New Fairfield last Wednesday, Oct. 3, Weston did not have much difficulty in getting the better of the competition in a 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-18) win.

“We have a lot of talent at every position, and now the team can focus on playing as aggressively as possible, adjusting to their opponents abilities/strategies, and continuing to be as consistent as possible,” said Weston head coach Jamie Charles.

Justine Belport led the Trojans in the serving department with 18 points. She also had eight aces and eight digs.

Fran Holmes also had a good all-around match with seven service points, seven kills and seven digs. Taylor Swanson had 23 assists to go with five kills and five digs.

Savannah Carpenter helped at the net with eight kills. Anna Hengelbrok had six points and five kills while Sydney Weiss had four aces and four kills. Tori Zaharoff had four digs.

Weston carried the momentum over to its match at home against Stratford last Friday. While the Red Devils put up a fight in the first two contests the Trojans held them off and easily took the third in another 3-0 (25-18, 25-8, 25-9) win.

Carpenter led her team at the service line with seven points. She also had six digs.

Hengelbrok had a good all-around match with seven service points (including three aces), four blocks, six kills and seven digs. Holmes served up 11 points (three aces), six kills and kept many points in play with 17 digs.

Swanson had 31 assists to go with six digs and five service points. Belport had six kills, seven digs and six points.

Weiss helped on the floor with nine digs and at the net with four kills and had four service points. Kelly Babcok had four points and Katie Antonovich had three digs.

“The girls certainly seem to be much more confident and cohesive on the court lately,” said Charles. “And Taylor’s return has helped immensely. She adds a lot of consistency to the setter position and frees up Sydney to be another offensive threat, passer, defender, etc.”

Weston, now 7-2 overall and 5-2 in the South-West Conference, is at Pomperaug on Friday at 5:50 p.m., hosts Notre Dame on Monday at 5 and is at Brookfield on Wednesday at 5:30.

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