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Raiders Volleyball Rolls Holy Cross, 3-0.

POSTED October 15, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

Carly Ruzbasan led Torrington to a 3-0 shutout of rival Holy Cross on Tuesday night at Torrington High School. Ruzbasan recorded 21 service points.

TORRINGTON: When a volleyball team gets on a roll behind a hot server, it can be like a freight train barreling down the tracks with nary a brake to be found.

The Torrington girls’ got behind a couple of different strikers on their way to a whitewash of rival Holy Cross, 3-0 with an astounding second game score of 25-3.

“We have been talking about not letting teams come back on us,” Raiders coach Christine Gamari said, “In practice, if our second team gets within four of the starters, we give them the win.”

A nice problem to have. A handicap. That’s how well this team is playing, sans any resemblance of a superstar on the hardwood, just a seven player rotation that simply overwhelms teams with their relentless attack from all corners of the floor.

In the extraordinarily fast and furious second game, one that came on the heels of a somewhat competitive 25-17 opener, the Crusaders actually went out on top by winning the initial serve.

From there though, the floodgates opened, led at first by senior server Miah Giarnese who took a tie game out to a 9-1 lead that saw the Crusaders try and slow things with a time out but to no avail.

Sure, Cross got their seconds point on the board to make it 9-2 but it was a very, very long time before the visitors got on the scoreboard again. Fifteen straight points later as a matter of fact, all started with Carly Ruzbasan in charge of starting every point.

How does it feel to play on a team without a big name superstar?

“I wouldn’t want to play on any other kind of team,” Ruzbasan said, “We all work together so well and we have a lot of weapons the other team has to worry about.”

It is unique, if you think about it, no stud on this team.

No Gamari from her days of dominating on the hardwood but a group of seven players that can each cause the opposition fits at any point.

In the third game, things started in similar fashion to game one with Ruzbasan and Carissa Carbone serving the home team out to a 11-3 lead before the Crusaders called time out and mounted a bit of a comeback.

In fact, Cross went on a 12-3 run to pull back to within 16-15, which would be a three point deficit in a Raider practice. At no point though, did Torrington allow the Crusaders to tie things. The gap stayed at least one until Caitlyn Cornish closed the match out with a 6-0 run for the sweep.

Ruzbasan led the way with 21 service points while Carbone added 13, Giarnese nine and Cornish eight.

Only three games remain in the regular season, none more important than the Raiders road trip to Woodland on Friday. The Hawks sit directly in front of Torrington (12-3) with a 12-2 mark.

The Raiders will be in Bristol on Thursday to take on St. Paul (2-12) before the big NVL matchup the next night before returning for Senior Night on Monday, October 20 when they host Watertown.       

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