Glastonbury High School boys' volleyball team falls just short in final
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Mon., Jun. 10, 2013
The Glastonbury High School boys’ volleyball team fought valiantly in the Class L finals at Shelton High School on June 7, but couldn’t mount enough of a comeback and fell to Staples (Westport), three sets to one.
Glastonbury came out strong and won the first set, leading for most of it, by a score of 26-24, but seemed to struggle to string any points together in the second, and fell to the Wreckers, 25-17.
Coach Pat Ryan said the Staples team had stepped up its game. “They started serving us, I think, tougher,” he said. “We started passing not as well, and we weren’t able to get balls to our middle, so we weren’t getting good swings there, which put extra pressure on our outside, and their blocking defense was pretty well-formed there.”
Ryan said that Staples is a team that does not make many mistakes, and knows how to capitalize on opponents’ mistakes. Glastonbury’s errors added up in the third frame, which it also lost 25-13. Glastonbury got in an early hole in the fourth frame, but rallied late. It looked like the Tomahawks might make a comeback, but Staples stayed solid and held on for the championship win.
”We started to go downhill early in the match, and Staples plays such good defense that I think [Glastonbury’s players] felt they had to make shots that they wouldn’t normally have to in order to score, when they really just needed to be consistent,” Ryan said. “Staples gave us some opportunities later on, but we didn’t leave those windows open for later on.”
Glastonbury had posted a 19-1 regular season record, losing only to Southington on May 20. After having earned the #1 seed and a first-round bye, Glastonbury beat Newington in the quarterfinal round of the CIAC Class L tournament, and then Southington in the semifinal match.
Ryan said he was proud of what his team accomplished this season. “They did great all season long,” he said. “I had a great group of guys. They were able to maintain all season long. I couldn’t be happier with the way they played. We played some of our best volleyball tonight, and some of our less-optimal.”
For a complete team record and playoff bracket, visit www.casciac.org.