Girls volleyball: Foran rallies back to defeat Law

Rallying from a 1-0 deficit and winning a crucial third game, the Foran High volleyball team defeated Jonathan Law, 3-1, on Wednesday night at the Edna Fraser Gym and, in the process, moved a step closer to qualifying for the Class M CIAC state tournament.

The win was the Lions’ sixth against eight losses. After dropping the first set, 26-24, and evening the match with a 25-15 win in the second set, the Lions came from four points down, 24-20, to take the third set, 26-24, before wrapping up the match by winning the fourth and deciding set, 25-21.

Law saw its record dip to 5-11 overall and 1-5 in the Southern Connecticut Conference’s Hammonasset Division. The Eagles will now need to win three of their remaining four matches to make states. They have matches with Hillhouse (on Friday), Daniel Hand, Sheehan and Shelton remaining on their schedule.

Foran is 4-2 in Hammonasset Divison play and has matches left with Guilford, Cheshire, Amity and Hillhouse.

“Our loss (to Hand, 3-0, on Monday night) was a match that we needed,” said Foran coach Julie Johnson. “So, we had to bounce back and win tonight. But, it’s never easy against Law. They play us tough every time."

After falling behind by as many as five points and trailing, 15-10, the Eagles broke a 24-all tie on a Foran error, then won the game on a kill by sophomore Stephanie Felag.

Foran rolled out to a 15-3 lead in the second game on the strength of its service game and won by 10.

Foran fell behind early in the third game and the Lions were down by as many as six points, 19-13, before making their comeback.

Senior captain Sam Bennett scored two key points during the run and Foran took the lead, 25-24, on a service point from Erin Suech. The Lions then won the set on another Law error.

They won the fourth and deciding game, but were never quite able to pull away from the pesky Eagles, who drew within a point on five occasions after trailing by five points at 14-9.

“The heart of this team all season long has been our defensive play,” said Law coach Stacy Loch. “It wasn’t any different for us tonight. What we had a hard time trying to do was to get the ball to the net and score points that way. We were definitely undersized against them.”

Kelly Hunt led the Lions’ attack with 19 kills. Bennett added eight and setter Lauren Notholt had 34 assists.

For Law, Kailee Frank had six kills and nine digs and Heather Sherrick added 14 digs.