By PHIL BRODSKY
Orange Live Sports Writer
When the Amity volleyball team knocked off arch-rival Cheshire last week 3-2 (25-20, 25-21, 18-25, 19-25, 19-17), it was the first time in five years that had occurred. To make the win even sweeter, it occurred in the Rams’ home gymnasium.
Recalling the big Southern Connecticut Conference—Hammonassett Division victor and savoring sweetly, Lady Spartan Coach Paul Thees said, “Even though we had only four aces, we served the ball really well. We had 97 serves and were good on 91, which comes out to 94%. Offensively, we were aggressive, attacked Cheshire, and really hit the ball hard.”
The first game went back-and-forth. With the game tied at 22-22, Kristen Post launched four good serves in a row to give Amity a 25-22 win. Post started the second game with another five good serves and Allison Denny followed with a run of six serves. Amity held an 18-5 lead but Cheshire stormed back. The Lady Spartans stemmed the tide and hung on to sneak away with a 25-21 victory to take a 2-0 lead.
The Rams finally got its offense into gear and won both the third and fourth games to tie the match at 2-2. In the fifth and final game, both teams missed key serves. With the Rams leading 19-16, Denny’s serving got the Lady Spartans back even at 19-19 and then Post served up the victory points.
Denny recorded 15 kills, 15 digs, and was good on all 16 of her serves. Sydnee Sousa was 13 of 13 from the service line with two aces. Kathryn Pisano added 32 assists and made all but one of her 10 serves and added an ace. Amanda Vecchio was good on 21 of her 22 serves, with an ace. Claire Foster chipped in with 20 digs. Liz Marino recorded 14 digs and Jenna Pisano chalked up 10 digs.
Later in the week, Amity also knocked off Sheehan and Lyman Hall by identical 3-1 scores to finish its Housatonic Division play with a 7-1 record and tied for first place with Cheshire.