Enfield volleyball team advances in state tournament
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Wed., May. 30, 2012
The seventh-seeded Enfield High School Raiders boys' volleyball team (14-5) downed the 10th-seeded Bloomfield War Hawks (10-9) in three straight sets (25-23, 25-21, 25-19) to advance to the second round of the Class M State Tournament. Enfield was led by senior captains Hugh Lindo and Tyler DeMontigny who contributed 10 kills, nine digs and 27 assists, four digs, and three aces, respectively.
Enfield’s victory was their first victory in the Class M tournament since they reached back-to-back finals in 2007 and 2008.
“We had a slow start and came out a little sluggish,” said Judy Joslin, Enfield head coach. “We responded well and came together when we needed it.”
Enfield took the early 4-2 advantage on kills by Lindo and junior captain Kevin Camidge before Bloomfield came back, taking a 10-9 lead. Enfield regained the lead 12-10 on DeMontigny’s strong serving and extended their lead to three, 16-13, after a hitting error by Bloomfield prompted a timeout from Bloomfield head coach Rich Trzcinski. After the timeout, the War Hawks reeled off four straight points, taking the lead, but Enfield would respond with kills from juniors Miles Samba-Green and Kyle Maynard to regain control 20-19 and prompting another timeout. Enfield kept the lead with kills from Camidge and Maynard before Lindo ended the set at 25-23.
“We found a way to win early and it helped our confidence later on,” Joslin said. “In the second game, we showed our confidence, but lost it a little bit before pulling out the win.”
The Raiders began to show some confidence in the start of the second set, looking to the experienced Lindo to take them over the top. Lindo earned a point on a block during the first point of the match, teamed up with Camidge for another block and point and had a kill for the 5-0 lead. Bloomfield hitting errors put Enfield on top 8-2 before a short spurt would bring Bloomfield within striking distance at 11-9. Once again, Enfield’s confidence came through, with kills by Maynard and Lindo and an ace by Demontigny for a 15-10 lead and timeout from Trzinski. The timeout did not slow Enfield down, as Lindo had two kills and an ace to extend the lead to 19-12. Strong jump serves from Bloomfield’s Caleb Arelus tied up the game at 19-19, prompting a Joslin timeout. Enfield battled back after the timeout to win 25-21 on a block from senior Kyle Rankin.
By the third set, Enfield was wheeling and confident after winning the first two sets, despite not playing their best. The third set began with a 7-2 Enfield run, causing Bloomfield to call a timeout. Enfield continued to run away with the match, taking a 13-3 lead on a kill by junior Jason Xiong. Bloomfield called another timeout after a service ace by Rankin put the Raiders on top 18-7. Bloomfield would chip away at the lead, closing it to 21-16, but Enfield would not falter and won, 25-19.
“In the second and third games, High really stepped it up for us,” Joslin said. “He made big plays for us and got us points when we needed them most.”