After two years of disappointment in the SCC boys volleyball championship, Cheshire earned the right to celebrate once again.
Top-seeded Cheshire defeated No. 2 Hand 3-1 (25-27, 25-17, 25-13, 25-18) in a rematch of last year’s SCC championship which saw second-ranked Hand upset Cheshire on its own court.
Senior Colby Hayes was named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player, shortly after being named SCC Player of the Year.
Hayes had 17 kills, 13 blocks, 11 digs and an ace and was an integral part to his team throughout the season.
Hand won the first three points of the first game and held the lead until Cheshire eventually tied it at 22-22. The Tigers won the next two points, but Cheshire was resilient, tying it up at 24 before Hand finally put it away, scoring its 26th and 27th point.
“I was really upset the first game,” Cheshire coach Sue Bavone said. “I think we came out kind of flat and this is something we have talked about before, coming out a little bit faster and louder. Overall the first game for us was tentative.”
The second game was neck and neck in the beginning with both teams tied at 11-11 before Cheshire began to break out. A six-point run by the Rams helped the team separate itself from Hand and eventually take the game 25-17.
Cheshire continued to ride momentum in the third game, getting off to a 10-2 lead early on.
Hand was not able to get anything going, as it did not score consecutive points until it was already down 16-7, and by then it was too late.
The Rams took game three by a score of 25-13 to take a two games to one lead.
Game four began with both teams trading points with the game tied at eight. Cheshire then went on a 13-4 stretch to take a 21-12 lead.
Hand battled back for four more points before Thomas Bonitz’ final blow to end the game.
“The past two years we’ve been beaten on our court,” Bavone said. “The year before last by Southington, and last year by Hand, so it’s been a while since we’ve won the conference championship. It’s nice to validate what we have done all year by winning this.”