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With sweep of Simsbury, Avon (16-1) adds CCC West championship to resume

Avon senior Baylee Braun (6) puts down a hit in Tuesday night’s CCC West victory over Simsbury. More game photos. 

AVON, October 29 – The Avon High girls volleyball already secured their first Central Connecticut Conference championship banner with a victory over Glastonbury on Friday to win the CCC West Patriot Division.

On Tuesday night, the Falcons won the overall CCC West championship with a 3-0 shutout win over Simsbury. There won’t be any additional banners but the Falcons will have the satisfaction of knowing they are the top CCC West team in 2019, outlasting traditional powers Southington, Farmington and Conard.

In CCC West play, Avon (16-1, 9-0 CCC West Patriot) plays each team in the Patriot Division twice and each team in the Colonial Division once.

Avon dominated Simsbury on Senior Day with victories of 25-12, 25-12 and 25-13. Leading hitter Emily Dempsey had 11 kills to lead the Falcons while setter Abby St. Onge had five kills, four blocks and a team-leading 19 assists.

Avon senior Abby St. Onge goes up for the block during Tuesday’s CCC West win over Simsbury. St. Onge had four blocks in the game. More game photos. 

The Falcons had little issues with Simsbury (9-9, 2-7 CCC West Patriot), who struggled to receive the ball, especially in game two. Avon raced out to a 17-1 lead in the second game.

“It was Senior Day and we honored them by giving them the start in the first game and they did real well,” Avon coach Curt Burns said. “I’m real happy. We know we have a tough one on Friday at Farmington because that is a big rivalry. Even though there is nothing at stake, it’s Avon and Farmington.”

Avon snapped a 12-game losing streak to the Indians earlier this year with a 3-0 sweep. The Falcons have swept three games in all 16 victories this season. The only games they’ve lost during the regular season was in a 3-1 loss to Bristol Eastern in September. Farmington hosts Avon on Friday at 6 p.m.

Senior Sarah Jacobs had four kills and two blocks while seniors Baylee Brown had seven digs, five service aces and Lucy Ort had a kill. Sarah Boone played well. Dempsey, who had a team-high six service aces, and St. Onge are also seniors.

Avon’s 16 wins is the most in the regular season since 2009 when the Falcons were 16-2. The last time that Avon won 17 games was in 2005.

Sarah Jacobs (19) drops the ball over the net in Tuesday night’s win over Simsbury. More game photos. 

The Falcons hope to be busy next week in the 16-team Central Connecticut Conference tournament. The first round will be Monday, Nov. 4 at the home court of the higher seeds and the quarterfinals on Tuesday, Nov. 5.

The semifinals will be on Thursday, Nov. 7 at Avon High with the final on either Friday, Nov. 8 or Saturday, Nov. 9, also at Avon.

“We’re looking forward to hosting the CCC (semifinals and finals) next week and be busy all week,” Burns said. “We looking not just to host (the semifinals and finals) but play in them as well.”

In Avon’s four years in the league, the farthest they have advanced in the CCC Tournament is the semifinals in their first season in the CCC (2015) when they dropped a 3-2 decision to RHAM.

Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 30 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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