Girls volleyball: Law season comes to a close

Shelton High’s girls volleyball team posted a 3-0 (26-24, 25-10, 25-17) win over visiting Jonathan Law, concluding a 6-14 campaign for the Eagles. The Gaelettes improved to 12-5.

Law’s Cassidy Booth had 19 digs; Kailee Frank had six kills; and Renee Lynch came away with five kills and four blocks, but Shelton avenged a five-game setback to Law earlier in the season.

Although the Eagles had defeated Shelton earlier this fall, Law head coach Stacy Loch wasn’t the least bit disappointed with her team’s effort. And the Gaelettes have improved throughout the campaign, according to their coach, LeAnne Bianchine.

“We played well as a whole. The girls are really excited because last year we only won three games,” Loch said. “We definitely improved over the course of the year.”

The first game of the match went down to the wire – and then some. Lynch and Frank had key kills late in the game, with Frank’s knotting the score at 24-apiece before Shelton got the final two points, capped by a Jillian Ortoli ace.

In game two, the Gaelettes jumped out to a 9-0 lead before the Eagles matched points with the Gaelettes for much of the rest of the match. Kristin Frank had a nice dig to keep a volley alive, leading to a Law point which made the score 13-7. An errant Shelton hit enabled the Eagles to pull to within 13-8, but the locals got no closer, and Shelton pulled away late.

Shelton led by six points early in game three, before Law scored three in a row, capped by Heather Sherrick’s ace, making it 8-5. A Kailee Frank kill again got the Shelton lead down to three points, at 9-6, but the Eagles couldn’t make up any more ground, as the Gaelettes went on a 6-0 run to seize a 15-6 lead and never looked back.

For Shelton, Grace Tokarski had 24 assists, along with two kills and two aces; Casey O’Connor had eight kills and four blocks; Kendall Kreager came up with eight kills; Saara Vohra logged five digs and an ace; and Ortoli added eight digs and a trio of aces.

“We really came together as a team and we supported each other out there,” Kailee Frank said.

Law will miss seniors Molly Vargo, Kailee Frank, Renee Lynch, Victoria Nabors and Sherrick.

“The seniors bring leadership, they have fun, get excited. They’re respectful kids – they’re coachable. As a coach, you can’t ask for anything more,” Loch said.