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Volleyball Team Wins State Playoff Opener



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Update: The second round match time is now 6 pm on November 11.

Newtown High School’s girls’ volleyball team had just a couple of nights to move on from its hard-fought conference tournament championship match setback with the start of the Class LL State Tournament on November 8. The host and No 11 seed Nighthawks defeated No. 22 Manchester 3-0 (25-9, 25-13, 25-16) in the first round.

With the win, the Nighthawks earn a trip to No. 6 Amity of Woodbridge in the second round on November 11 at 5 pm.

In the win over Manchester, Amaro Beard-Galati had 11 kills; Keyera Smith had two aces, eight kills, and six digs; Delia Clouden had a trio of aces and five kills; Lauren Young had three aces and two kills; Chloe O’Connell had two aces and four digs; and Shannon Muckell had four aces and 18 assists.

Sports Editor Andy Hutchison can be reached at andyh@thebee.com.

Keyera Smith hits the ball during Newtown's SWC championship match with Weston on November 6. Newtown lost but bounced back to defeat Manchester in the first round of states two nights later. —Bee Photo, Hutchison
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