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Volleyball Team Posts 3-0 Triumphs



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Newtown High School's girls' volleyball team sandwiched a hard-fought, five-set loss to nonconference foe Fairfield Ludlowe on October 12 with a pair of 3-0 triumphs over South-West Conference teams.

The Nighthawks bested visiting Kolbe Cathedral of Bridgeport by scores of 25-16, 25-19, 25-20 on October 10. Sarah Nowacki had six kills and Genevieve Murray and Keyera Smith each racked up five kills to help lead the offense. Veronica Kroha and Natalie Horn both had four kills. Newtown compiled a dozen aces led by a trio from Maggie McInerney and two apiece from Horn, Catie Gregory, and Katie Petersen.

In an October 14 win over visiting New Fairfield, the Hawks won by scores of 25-21, 25-15, and 25-18. Smith compiled nine kills, three digs, and two aces; Nowacki had four kills, three digs, and two aces; Amanda Arujo, Horn, and Kroha each had three kills; Belden had three digs. Delia Clouden logged four of Newtown's 19 aces. Gregory had three aces, and Arujo, McInerney, and Chloe O'Connell each added two aces.

The Ludlowe match saw Newtown jump out to a lead with wins of 25-15 and 25-13. Ludlowe fought for a 30-28 win to extend the match, then prevailed with scores of 25-13 and 15-13. Horn had eight kills, four digs, and two aces; Arujo, Kroha, and Nowacki all had seven kills; Nowacki and O'Connell each had six digs; and Kroha and Gregory had four and three aces, respectively.

Olivia Belden (No. 9) and Chloe O'Connell compete during Newtown's 3-0 win over Kolbe Cathedral on October 10. (Bee Photos, Hutchison)
Amanda Arujo taps the ball over the net.
Genevieve Murray sends a smash over the net.
Keyera Smith follows through on her hit at the net.
Veronica Kroha spikes the ball.
Natalie Horn hits the ball for a point.
Catie Gregory is set to serve.
Olivia Belden gets ready to serve the ball into play.
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