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Canton spikers need two wins in final four matches to secure state tourney berth

Ciara Cebollero (5) leaps to hit the ball in a recent 3-0 loss to Sport Science Medical Academy. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

CANTON, Oct. 23 — The Canton High girls volleyball team picked up two victories last week and is just two wins away from qualifying for the CIAC Class S tournament for the third consecutive year.

Canton (6-10, 3-9 NCCC) needs eight wins to earn an invitation to the state tournament. Last Tuesday, the Warriors beat Metropoltian Learning Center in Bloomfield, 3-1 with scores of 25-13, 17-25, 25-22, 25-22. Ella Schand had five aces and two digs for Canton.

The Warriors picked up win No. 6 on Friday with a 3-0 victory over one of the North Central Connecticut Conference’s newest members – Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy. Ciara Cebollero had three aces, two kills and one block in a 25-15, 25-19, 26-24 victory.

Canton’s Sarah Bowman (32) blocks a shot in a recent match with SMSA. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

Canton plays four times this week. They began the week with a 3-0 loss to Granby on Monday night by scores of 25-17, 25-17 and 25-10. The Bears improve to 11-6 and 10-2 in the league.

The Warriors will face Rockville (5-11) on Wednesday, Academy of Science and Innovation from New Britain (15-2) on Thursday and Ellington (7-10) on Friday. All three looks to be competitive matches.

Rockville, the second of two schools to join the NCCC this fall, beat the Warriors in their first meeting, 3-2, winning the final three matches of the bout including a pair of 26-24 decisions. Canton beat Ellington, 3-2 in their first match in September, winning the decisive game five, 15-12.

And the Warriors and Innovation also battled through for five games earlier this year with Innovation prevailing, 3-2 with a 15-11 victory in game five. Canton’s game with Innovation is the final regular season home game of the season.

MacKenzie D’Angelo (9) makes a pass in a recent 3-0 loss to Coventry. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

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