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CHS Boys' V-Ball Sweeps Their Way Into SCC Final, Golf Teams Win Home Matches On Wednesday

Volleyball setter Bradley Fang compiled 33 assists, four digs, two aces, and a kill in the SCC semifinals against Amity. Photo by Greg Lederer.

On Wednesday, Cheshire volleyball's Will Allen ended game two with a kill.

by Greg Lederer

Cheshire Sports Media

On Wednesday, Cheshire High School boys’ volleyball (top seed, 18-3) picked up their 10th straight victory, winning 3-0 over Amity (fourth seed, 8-14) in the Southern Connecticut Conference semifinals.

“We are definitely going in the right direction,” stated Head Coach Sue Bavone. “We are definitely improving all the time and I think we are looking good. We definitely have some other areas we can improve on, but for the most part, we are in a good place.”

After beating Amity, 3-1, on May 8 and May 14, the Rams claimed all three sets (25-15, 25-15, 25-13) of their final meeting.

“It was good,” said Bavone. “I think we had our moments where we got a little wrapped up in our heads. The start of the third game was a little slow. I thought we were not making smart decisions, but overall, we got back on track and I thought we did a nice job.”

CHS set the tone early by jumping out to a 19-11 lead in the opening set. The Rams went on a 7-1 run to start game two and extended their lead to 21-10.

Junior Gordon Johns and senior tri-captain Will Allen ended the first two sets with kills.

“I thought our talking was much better tonight,” reflected Bavone. “We were communicating well. We keep that going and I’m really happy with that.”

Amity had their best play in game three in which they built leads of 3-1 and 6-3. In a momentum shift, Johns served on an eight-point spurt to a 14-8 lead and the Rams didn’t trail again.

“Gordon has been really, really helping us with his serving. He is serving to good spots. He is really getting after it,” stated Bavone. “We are not missing as many serves, which is huge for us.”

Sophomore setter Bradley Fang distributed 33 assists in just three sets. He added four digs, two aces, and a kill.

For hitting, Cheshire utilized their depth. Senior tri-captain Connor Hayes compiled nine kills, three digs, an ace, and a block. Allen (three blocks, two digs, assist) and junior tri-captain Matti Lilback (ace, assist, block) both finished with eight kills.

Junior Jacob D’Addona supplied seven kills, four digs, an ace, an assist, and a block. Johns also contributed six kills, four digs, and two aces.

“Our hitters are amazing. They are so adaptable. Their power and their hitting smarts are just amazing,” said Fang, a first-year starter. “I’m really proud to be with them. I’m proud to be their setter and I’ll see them in the finals.” 

On Friday, Cheshire aims to defend their SCC title in hosting Shelton (second seed, 13-7) at 6 p.m.

“It feels amazing,” stated Fang. “This team is great and I’m looking forward to going to the final with them.”

This year, the Rams have defeated the Gaels on April 19 (3-0) and May 6 (3-1). Friday will be their second home match in the series.

“That is what I like about the boys’ tournament. It is at the home team’s (higher seed’s gym), which is nice,” explained Bavone. “We are hopeful that it is going to be a good game and we are going to raise the bar level of our play a little bit more, too. It is the last send off before states.”

Girls’ Golf (12-3)

At Southington Country Club, Cheshire won 179-231 over Mercy. Sophomore Julia Paek extended her season medalist streak with a 39.

Senior captain Sophia DelRosso fired a 41 and junior Olivia Beach contributed a 45. Sophomore Piper Dooling supplied a 54. 

On Thursday at SCC, CHS plays Glastonbury at 2:30 p.m.

Boys’ Golf (11-3)

Cheshire posted a season-low score of 149 to beat Hamden (175) at The Farms Country Club in Wallingford. Senior captain Jack Brewster finished as the medalist (34).

Junior Jack DeJoseph and freshman Touraj Rajabipour both had a 38. Junior Dylan Gillotti shot a 39.

On Thursday at FCC, the Rams face Branford and Sheehan at 2:15 p.m.

Remainder of Thursday’s varsity schedule:

Softball (top seed, 21-1)

CHS carries a 17-game win streak into the SCC final against North Haven (second seed, 20-2) at West Haven. Start time is 4:30 p.m.

Cheshire last held the crown in 2021.

Boys’ Lacrosse (second seed, 14-3)

Riding a three-game win streak, Cheshire travels to West Haven to face Fairfield Prep (top seed, 16-1) in the SCC title game at 7 p.m. In last year’s final, CHS beat the Jesuits, 8-7, in overtime to get their first tournament crown and rivalry win since 2010.

Back on May 2 of this year, Fairfield rallied to beat the Rams, 14-13, in overtime at Fairfield University.

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