Girls volleyball: Law Eagles team up in key win

It is rare to see one group of players as completely focused on one goal as was Jonathan Law when the Eagles defeated visiting Foran High 3-1 in an SCC girls volleyball match at the James Richetelli Sr. Gymnasium.

“We were coming off a tough loss to Cheshire with a lot of close games where we couldn’t seal the deal,” Law coach Stacy Loch said after her team improved to 7-5 with the Dig Pink match victory. “We’re looking to make states (eight wins), which we haven’t done the last two years.”

No one wants to make that happen more than seniors Angela Sciuto, Cassidy Boath, Kristin Frank and Victoria Contaxis.

“These seniors have been amazing working with our younger players,” Loch said. “They meshed in the offseason and brought that with them the first day of practice.”

Sciuto had 11 kills and 10 digs. Boath had 22 digs.

They had a healthy helping of contributions.

Junior Olivia Keator had 17 digs and classmate Stephanie Felag had seven kills.

Foran was led by Alyssa Deptulski with 12 digs, Katherine Kiernan with 11 kills and Viktoria Notholt with six kills.

“They played great,” Foran coach Julie Johnson said. “Everything we put at them they dug out. Ultimately the better team won today.”

The Lions, now 6-6, snapped a tie in the first set when senior Amanda Mendillo served six straight winners for an 11-5 lead. Lauren Notholt had a tip to end a long rally and won another point off a return at the net. Despite the growing deficit, Loch didn’t feel the need for a timeout. The Eagles were playing well.

Law juniors Shawna Winters and Colleen Goodwin had consecutive saves off the net on a rally before Contaxis’ pass to Frank ended with Winters’ winning spike.

At 20-20, however, Viktoria Notholt put together a five-point run, including senior Caitlyn Parisi’s point at the net off a return.

The Lions took the first game after a Kiernan pass set up Lauren Notholt for a back set to junior Leah Teller.

Foran’s Viktoria Notholt stepped to the strike at 20-20 and served four winners, including senior Caitlyn Parisi’s point at the net off of a return.

Law’s Keator served the Eagles to a 4-0 lead in game two, a set they controlled throughout.

Frank and Boath had three-point runs before Goodwin tallied four points from the stripe for a 22-8 advantage.

Maggie Kelly came off the bench and scored the decisive point at the net.

In game three, Law took a 13-9 lead after one service rotation.

Keator’s four-point run, that ended with an ace, gave Law an 18-9 lead.

Two Foran hitting errors accounted for the last two points in the set.

Law took a 13-9 lead in the fourth game. Sciuto and Goodwin had key points for the Eagles, before Mendillo served Foran back within 20-17.

After a trade of points through sideouts, Lauren Notholt put three points together to tie the set at 23.

Sciuto’s kill got service back for Law and Frank’s dig carried over the net and was returned short, as Law posted the 25-23 win.