The Connecticut high school state tournament came to a conclusion on November 19, 2016. The tournament was held at East Haven High School.
The tournament crowned four champions -after falling in the past two championships, RHAM finally got their moment in the sun. Many of the teams were no strangers to the tournament, where others are finally picking up their first state titles.
RHAM finally took home a state title after falling in the prior two seasons. They took the title in four sets over Farmington in the Class L championship match, 25-19, 23-25, 25-18, 25-23.
For RHAM, Alana Hruska put down 28 kills, while Anna Barry added 19. Setter Allie Welch dished out 53 assists.
This was the #2 RHAM’s ninth finals appearance in 10 seasons and have won six Class L title since 2007.
Leading Farmington, Erica Jaus and Caroline Cullen each put down 13 kills, while Mary Schoennher added 10. Setter Ali Troup handed out 37 assists and libero Danielle Gan picked up 26 digs.
#3 ranked Seymour upset #1 Torrington in a 3-0 sweep in the Class M championship match, 25-23, 25-23, 25-21.
Faith Thurmond put down 19 kills for Seymour, also securing the matches MVP title. Shari Minalga picked up 24 digs.
For Torrington, Carissa Carbone hammered down nine kills and 12 digs, while Jolie Fox added 12 kills. Ali DuBois picked up 17 digs.
Stamford picked up their first state title with a four set victory over Ridgefield, 22-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-22.
Andrea O’Connor put down 23 kills and four blocks for Stamford, while setter Jayla Wilson dished out 37 assists and 15 aces for a double-double. Sara Staley hammered down nine kills, while Liisa Balazs added seven kills.
For Ridgefield, two players recorded double-doubles – Caroline Curnal with 16 kills and 20 digs, while Liz Middlebrook added 22 kills and 14 digs.
Lyman Memorial defeated Hale Ray in a three set sweep for first state title, 25-20, 25-20, 25-18. Andee Bender out down a match-best 15 kills, while Abigail Bundy added 13 kills. Kathryn Konow finished the match just short of a triple-double with 21 assists, 12 digs and eight kills, while Kathryn Meese picked up 22 digs.