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Raiders volleyball improves to 5-0. Huge battle with Seymour on deck Friday.

POSTED September 21, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: I know it’s only game six of 20 game season but when the top two volleyball teams in the Naugatuck Valley League get together at the half-dozen game mark, it’s going to be a good test for both squads and a treat for those watching.   

The Torrington girls’ volleyball team moved their record to an unblemished 5-0 with an easy 3-0 (25-9, 25-14, 25-17) win over the visiting St Paul Falcons on Tuesday night at THS.

As did the Seymour Wildcats, the team they will travel to take on Friday evening at 6 p.m.

Seymour blanked Crosby by that same 3-0 mark on Tuesday night.  

It should be a good one between two teams that love playing against each other and usually bring out the best in each other as well.

The Raiders have posted four shutouts in their five wins while Seymour has yet to lose a game in fifteen tries.

Torrington has won two of the past three matches against the Wildcats, winning 3-2 in 2013 and 2014 while falling by a 3-0 final a year ago.

The three seniors with the most court time, Carissa Carbone, Jolie Fox and Jayleen Colon have a winning record against a team that consistently performs well in the regular season, the NVL’s and the states.

Fox, who replaced Caitlyn Cornish as the top middle hitter, is a force in the middle for head coach Christine Gamari.

“She was a talented member of our team last year,” Gamari said. “She has grown even more this year. She and our setter Jay (Jayleen Colon) have a great relationship. They know each other and know where the ball should go.”

Carbone is simply one of the most talented and court savvy member of the team with a destructive net presence that punishes opposing players who attempt to stop, block or otherwise disrupt her kills or blocks.

Colon is the steadying force for feeds her front line while playing well on the defensive side of the ball.

On Tuesday, the Raiders tuned up on the Falcons in a little over an hour and showed why they are going to be a handful for their opponents all year.

St Paul stayed close in game one until the home team, behind Fox at the service line, ran off 12 straight points in an eventual 25-9 game one win.

That span featured three absolute bombs by Carbone for kills and a pair of aces by Fox. For good measure and to keep the other team guessing, Carbone mixed in a few dinks that were winners as well.

Carbone ran off 13 straight winners in game two as the Raiders train was running at full strength while a player who missed time a year ago because of an injury made her presence known as well.

Senior Ali Dubois, she of softball fame, showed off her ability at the net and in making several remarkable saves by diving for digs. Dubois even showed off a curve ball looking kill in the Raiders third game win just to keep in practice for spring.

Torrington learned something about themselves when they came back from down 2-0 to rival Naugatuck in their third game of the year and has grown from that point.

How ready are they for the Wildcats?

We will see on Friday when the Raiders head down to The Valley.



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