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Canton is one win shy of clinching a spot in Class S state tournament

Canton’s MacKenzie Archangelo hits the ball in Wednesday night’s match against Rockville. The Warriors fell, 3-1. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

VERNON, Oct. 24 – The Canton High girls volleyball team is one win away from qualifying for the CIAC Class S tournament for the first time since 2016.

The Warriors couldn’t get the job done on Wednesday night as Rockville erased an early one-game deficit to beat Canton, 3-1 in a North Central Connecticut Conference game, 20-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-22.

With four matches left in the season, Canton is 7-9 overall and 3-8 in the NCCC. The Warriors need to win at least eight matches to secure a berth to the state tournament.

MacKenzie Archangelo had seven kills and seven digs for Canton, which had won three of their previous four matches before Wednesday’s game against the Rams. Morgan GIlblin had 12 digs for Canton while Katelynn Horvath had four kills. Anna Mitchell and Alyssa Peters had three kills each.

Emma Mates had nine assists for the Warriors while Ella Schand had four assists.

Alyssa Peters goes to make a hit in Wednesday’s loss to Rockville in Vernon. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)

In their last four matches, Canton has swept Hartford Classical, Gilbert and Terryville by scores of 3-0. But the Warriors fell to Suffield last week in a five-set loss, 3-2 (25-21, 16-25, 21-25, 25-21, 15-7) despite six kills, six serving aces and seven assists from Mates.

Canton played defending league champion Coventry on Thursday and dropped a 3-0 decision. The Warriors will travel to Hartford on Friday to face HMTCA on the Trinity College campus beginning at 5 p.m.

Canton’s Ella Schand had four assists in Wednesday’s game against Rockville in Vernon. (Photo courtesy Bill Brewster)


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