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Torrington volleyball having great season.

POSTED October 14, 2014
BY Timothy W. Gaffney
Twitter: @TimothyGaffney

TORRINGTON: While a great deal of attention was given to the teams that played on the new turf field at Torrington High School, the hottest team in the program plays on the hardwood inside the school.

The Torrington girls’ volleyball team is quietly having themselves one heck of a season and as the 2014 campaign winds down to the last four games, the play their match of the year on Friday when they travel to take on Woodland at 6 p.m.

The Hawks (12-2) sit in second place behind NVL leading Seymour (14-1) who had their unbeaten streak broken by head coach Christine Gamari and her team by a 3-2 score in Torrington on Tuesday, October 7.

It was a great week for the ladies who followed up the upset of the Wildcats with shutout wins over Naugatuck and Oxford.

In her fourth season at the helm after being a three-sports star herself at THS, Gamari saw her squad get off to a less than inspiring 1-2 start after back to back losses to Woodland and Naugatuck in the team’s first meeting of the year.

It wasn’t that they lost to teams who always bring top level play to the nets, it was more how they lost.

“We were giving away points in those games early on,” Gamari said, “If you treat any point like it’s not worth much, they begin to add up. I think the players understood that fact and started focusing more on every point.”

One of the strengths of this Raider team is that there is no one superstar, no Christine Strawson (pre-Gamari) on the court that other teams have to be on the lookout for when that player got to a certain spot on the court.

“I think what makes us stronger this year is that teams have to watch out for any number of players at multiple positions,” Gamari said, “This is not a one person team.”

The Seymour game was a turning point of sorts for the Raiders who have lost just once (3-0 to Granby Memorial) since those losses to the Greyhounds and Hawks in mid-September.

“We needed a win against a team of that caliber for our own confidence,” Gamari said, “It was a huge turning point for us. It gave us a lot of faith in ourselves.”

First things first though, the Raiders host rival Holy Cross on Tuesday night at 6 p.m. and the Crusaders (6-8) are foes who, regardless of their record, always play Torrington tough and won’t mind playing spoiler.

“We got tripped up by Holy Cross a year ago,” Gamari said, “We went down there and where not ready to play and it cost us. I tell the team that we are only as good as our last win.”

St Paul (2-11) comes to Torrington on Thursday before the Raiders head down to the Valley for the key matchup with the Hawks. The regular season comes to a close on Monday when Watertown comes to Torrington.  

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