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State Tournament brackets are out. Raider volleyball earns a bye. Raiders boys' soccer play in qualifying match Saturday.

POSTED November 03, 2017
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: As the Torrington volleyball team looks to shake off a tough 3-0 loss to rival Seymour in the finals of the Naugatuck Valley League Tournament, they now know who their potential opponents will be when the Class M State Tournament starts next week.

The Raiders are the No 2 seed in Class M, thanks to their 18-2 regular season record but could face two opponents who beat them once already this year and another itching for another shot after losing to Torrington in the 2016 semi-finals.

St Joseph holds the top spot with the Wildcats lurking at No 3 on the Raiders side of the bracket.

Following a first round bye, Torrington could see Northwestern in the quarters if seedings hold true after the first and second round games, a match that would take place at THS on Friday, November 10 at 6 p.m. in the friendly confines of the Connie Donahue Gymnasium.

To get there, the Raiders would need to dispatch of either No 15 Law (13-7) or No 18 Berlin (12-8) in a second-round game, scheduled for Wednesday, November 8 at home.   

The Highlanders were swept by the Raiders last November in the semi-finals and would love another shot at the top spot.

If Nonnewaug and Wolcott (defeated Torrington 3-2 on 10/23) hold serve in their openers, they would face each other in the second round, but would more than likely have to get by Seymour to face the Raiders in the semi-finals.

The Wildcats are simply the hottest team out of any of the teams mentioned above.

They are young but as they demonstrated on Thursday night at Crosby High School, they appear to be peaking at the best time.

Especially senior Molly Kennedy who was a force in the finals, the dominant player that the Wildcats made sure they got involved in as much action as possible.

Kennedy had 17 kills during the match and was serving as her team rallied from multiple game points at 24-21, scoring the final six points to give the Wildcats a win that propelled them in the next two while it seemed to let the sails out of the Raiders.

"We played timid while they played aggressive," Torrington head coach Christine Gamari said. "We'll wipe the slate clean and get back at it on Sunday."

Getting that aggressive mind set back will be critical for the Raiders as they look to get back to the last volleyball game played in Class M this season.

---The Torrington boys' soccer team will need to win a play-in game on Saturday in order to continue their 2017 campaign.

The Raiders, who come into the game with a 6-7-3 record that ended with a tough last six games that saw them go 1-3-2, will need to beat the No 36 seed, Bunnell (6-9-1).

Bunnell plays in the tough SWC so it will not be a pushover match that is set to get underway at 4 p.m. at the Robert H Frost Complex.

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