On Friday, Cheshire High School girls’ volleyball (top seed, 13-1) earned a 3-0 sweep (25-11, 25-18, 25-12) over visiting North Haven (third seed, 6-5) in the Southern Connecticut Conference Division B final. With the victory, CHS earned their record 14th conference crown.
Senior setter Sarah Holley tallied 24 assists, two aces, two digs, and a kill en route to receiving SCC Tournament Most Outstanding Player. Sophomore Avery Mola earned eight kills, an ace, and a dig.
Senior tri-captains Hannah Portal (four blocks, dig) and Alenna Zebarth (two aces, block, dig) both compiled six kills.
After falling 3-0 on Oct. 26 at Lyman Hall, the Rams didn’t lose a set in their last five matches. Cheshire went 3-0 against North Haven this fall.
Tri-captain Danielle Hersh, Portal, Zebarth, Madison Ballschmieder, Avery Gress, Holley, and manager Kate Koval will graduate from the Rams program.
Girls’ Soccer (8-4)
In the SCC Division A title game, second-seeded CHS fell 1-0 to Mercy (top seed, 11-1) at Xavier in Middletown.
The lone goal came with 26:11 remaining. On a corner kick, the ball was sent into a crowd and senior Kaila Lujambio ended up kicking it into the net.
Cheshire had early scoring chances, but shots from junior Olivia Jones and sophomore Gabby Tirado were saved by Mercy sophomore goalkeeper Melina Ford. The Tigers almost struck first with just under two minutes left in the first half, but senior Kristen Daddi stopped the ball before the goal line and cleared it to keep the game scoreless at halftime.
Just 43 seconds into the second half, Cheshire was called for a foul in the box, however senior goalkeeper Seymone Rosenberg saved a penalty kick by Lujambio and grabbed the ball to prevent a rebound.
After Lujambio returned to snap the stalemate, CHS tried to mount a comeback, but Mercy used their size to establish possession and deflect shots on defense. Ford was named SCC Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
The Tigers won all of their three meetings against CHS this year.
Cheshire will graduate a large class of Aish Benzy (tri-captain), Danielle Ellis (tri-captain), Rosenberg (tri-captain), Violet Aitken, Gabby Cole, Julia DePalma, Daddi, Olivia Gesler, Julia Hendrick, Sophia Kuhlthau, Kim Morico, Izzy Pellegrino, and Ellie Pergolotti.
Saturday’s varsity schedule:
Boys’ Soccer (second seed, 6-3-2)
In the SCC Division A title game, Cheshire travels to play Xavier (top seed, 7-3) at 12 p.m. During the regular season, fhe Falcons earned one-goal victories over the Rams in the Oct. 2 opener (2-1) and on Nov. 4 (1-0).