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Torrington girls volleyball off to fast 4-0 start. Comeback win over Naugy the highlight so far.

POSTED September 20, 2016
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: Woke up this morning to something strange, something mysterious, something I couldn’t figure out just what it was.

Turns out it was rain. You remember rain. That stuff that hasn’t made an appearance around here in a goo long time but certainly is welcome.

Now, where the heck is that umbrella?

Here’s the top story coming out of Torrington High School after last week.

Torrington girls’ volleyball: The Raiders have started the 2016 campaign by winning their first four matches in a row. Three with 3-0 sweeps, the other a character building 3-2 comeback win over Naugatuck last Thursday after dropping the first two games.

That’s never an easy tight rope to walk but the Raiders pulled it off and learned some things about themselves in the process.

“Thursday night’s win definitely showed me something about my team,” Raiders head coach Christine Gamari said. “After dropping the first two games to Naugy, I told them that my money was still on them. I told them we needed to clean up our play on our side of the net and improve our focus. We wanted Naugy to earn their points instead of just being given them by our unforced errors. Volleyball is always a game of runs, but it’s important to keep our opponents’ runs shorter and less frequent than ours.”    

After coming back for a tight win to stay alive in game three, the Raiders were on a roll and their coach sensed it.

“After we won set 3, I knew we had a fighting spirit,” Gamari said. “We had minimized our unforced errors and played them much tougher at the net. In sets 4 and 5, we had zero hitting errors, which was a big part of why we took those sets rather easily. We showed we had grit and could make adjustments in the flow of the game, which I am very proud of.”

Torrington received outstanding play from a variety of players who stepped up after having their backs to the wall after set 2.

“Lauren Gaghan was an all-star for us during the entire match,” Gamari said. “She had not hitting errors in the entire match, which is unheard of, especially in a five game match. Jayleen Colon did a great job finding our hitters (Gaghan, CC Carbone and Jolie Fox) in our offense. Candyce Jewett did a phenomenal job leading our back row defense by keeping them disciplined and focused on the Naugy attackers.”

After the tough match on Thursday night, Torrington went on the road the next night and disposed of Holy Cross in straight sets to improve to 4-0.

The Raiders are back at the Connie Donahue Gymnasium on Tuesday night to take on St Paul at 6 p.m. before traveling to Seymour for their next big test in what might be the early season match of the year between two undefeated squads.

“We’ve played some tough competition so far this year,” Gamari said. “I think it showed that we can pull together and outwork our opponents when it matters.

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