NEW LONDON — The New London volleyball team took care of business in their senior night game on Tuesday. The Tigers swept Cardinal 25-16, 25-13 and 25-18 to earn a SEISC South Division win ahead of the postseason.
The Tigers and Comets traded punches through the first 22 points of the night. The two squads were tied at 11-11 before New London made their big run. The Tigers scored six straight points. An ace from Clara Cooper gave the Tigers a 16-11 lead, and a kill by Addie Pry stretched the lead to 17-11.
New London scored three of the next four points, including back-to-back kills by Peyton Jackson, to take a 20-12 lead. Cardinal had the lead down to as little as six, but New London sailed to a 25-16 win.
New London scored eight of the first nine points in the second set. Three of those points came from Chloe Coleman aces, the last of which put the Tigers up 8-1.
Cardinal clawed back, getting kills by Megan Fitzsimmons and Madison Cloke along the way. The Tiger lead was down to 11-6, but New London responded with three straight points, one by Sofie Reighard and two by Alexa Wenger.
Cardinal scrapped back to cut the lead to as little as four points, slicing the advantage to 15-11 on a kill by Kiya Chapin, but New London ended the game on a 10-2 run, finished off by a Reighard block, and the Tigers won 25-13 to take a 2-0 series lead.
New London scoerd the first three points of the night, getting a kill from Paris Wilka and another from Pry, but Cardinal battled back to tie the game at 4-4.
Back-to-back kills from Reighard gave the Tigers a two-ponit lead, and New London held on for the rest of the game. Kaylor Schulte caught fire in the final set, getting four kills in the middle of the game to keep the Tigers in front.
Late in the third set, Cardinal had the lead within four, at 22-18. New London scored the final three points, hoewver, and another kill by Pry ended the game at 25-18.
Despite the win, Tiger coach Maureen Heath said she looks for her team to buff out some hitting errors before the regional tournament starts.
“We’re going to have to sharpen things up, that’s for sure,” Heath said. We have way too many hitting errors right now (and) we give other teams too many chances. We’re definitely going to have to sharpen it up if anything is going to happen in the postseason.”
Heath also spoke about her five seniors; Coleman, Jackson, Sophie Lounsbury, Rohdy and Schulte.
“They did have to step in (this year) with very little experience,” Heath said. “I knew it was going to be that way. This was basically going to be their one year, and we have definitely accomplished a lot with that.”