Nighthawk Spikers Come Back To Shock Blue Wave
Trailing two games to one and behind 22-16 in what could have been visiting Darien’s put-away set, Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team put together quite a comeback on September 13.
The Nighthawks went on a 9-1 run to close out the fourth game and win 25-23 and force a decisive fifth game. They then bested the Blue Wave 15-10 to come away with the match win 3-2 (16-25, 25-20, 17-25, 25-23, 15-10) on September 13.
Coming off a hard-fought 3-2 loss to another tough FCIAC team, St. Joseph of Trumbull the day before, the Nighthawks dug deep to come out on top against the team that eliminated it from the state playoffs one year ago. Newtown defeated Darien twice during the regular slate last fall.
A kill by Veronica Kroha and pair of blocks for points by Genevieve Murray helped pull Newtown to within a point at 23-22 in set four. A diving save by Kroha led to the tying point, and a long hit out of bounds by the Blue Wave gave Newtown a 24-23 edge. Sarah Nowacki’s kill was too hot for the Wave to handle and closed out the game.
In the fifth set, the Nighthawks seized leads of 3-0 and 6-3. After Darien pulled to within a point at 6-5 Newtown scored four straight, highlighted by two Nowacki aces.
The teams traded points and Darien was within 12-9 before Newtown scored two straight, capped by a Natalie Horn ace. A service error gave Darien its final point and extended the match, but Nowacki’s kill deflected out off a Darien player to seal the win.
Nowacki had nine kills, five aces, and four digs; Amanda Arujo had six kills; Kroha had six kills; Natalie Horn logged nine digs; Lauren Belden compiled seven digs; and Genevieve Murray tallied four kills.