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Raider volleyball makes fast work of Jonathan Law in straight sets. Quarterfinals at home on Friday versus East Haven.

POSTED November 09, 2017
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney


TORRINGTON: It was methodical, it was workman like and most importantly, it was impressive and led to a three-game sweep.

The Torrington volleyball team took care of Jonathan Law in straight sets (25-17, 25-13, 25-13) on Wednesday night in their second round, Class M State Tournament game and will be home again on Friday for a quarterfinal game against No 7, East Haven.

The Yellowjackets disposed of Northwestern in straight sets as well on Wednesday night.

Torrington is the No 2 seed in Class M and is still on a potential collision course with rival Seymour (No 3) who swept No 22 Sheehan, but had to work for it with game scores of 25-18, 25-21 and 25-23.

The Raiders never really let the Lawmen breath in their match, trailing only briefly (5-4) in the third game and used a variety of tools to push away in each game.

Shae Eucalitto was tremendous once again in controlling the offense with 27 assists and six digs while Libero Candyce Jewett was all over the court with 22 digs of her own.

The home team pulled away in the opener after the visitors had climbed back to within one at 12-11, scoring 13 of the game's final 19 points for the 25-17 win.

Volleyball is such an emotional sport and on Wednesday, the Raiders rode that emotion, especially after winning marathon points in each game at critical times that could have turned the momentum back to the visitors.

"I saw a lot of focus out there tonight," Christine Gamari said. "We were playing together even if it wasn't pretty at times and we had a never say die attitude. Those hard-fought points were huge and made us very enthusiastic."

Everyone pitched in during this win.

Lauren Gaghan had 10 kills, as did Bayleigh DiMauro who also added 4 digs.

Nina Lestrud had a huge game three with three kills over the third game's final five points, finishing with 6 kills to go along with 6 digs and talked about the win, which came after a tough loss to Seymour a week ago in the Naugatuck Valley League Tournament finals.

"We know that if we play our game and work as a unit, we will be alright," Lestrud said. "We have a saying that you don't want to be an island individual, work as a unit and we did that tonight."

So, the journey continues for a program that expects to play well into the month of November.

Two years ago, the made it to the semi-finals, last year the finals of Class M.

What's in store for this year's team?

Only time will tell.

One thing is for certain. They will play on their home court one more time on Friday night inside the friendly confines of the Connie Donahue Gymnasium at 6 p.m.

NOTES: Jewett earned All-NVL Honors and was named the Top Senior for 2017. Eucalitto also earned All-NVL for her stellar play this season while Gaghan made the All Iron team, as did Lestrud.

Gaghan was chosen to play in the All-Star game as well.

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