11/12: Field Hockey and Volleyball Blog

Area Field Hockey and Volleyball teams are still alive in this year’s CIAC State Tournament.  The Sports Department will be at each game to provide in-depth coverage and photos.

Field Hockey

 Class L

 Simsbury

 The Trojans are looking keep their title hopes alive tonight in the Class L semifinals vs. number one seed Darien in Cheshire.  Last year Simsbury fell to Cheshire in the semifinals, and is looking to avoid a repeat performance.  The Trojans have been somewhat of a surprise team this season.

“I lost three All-State players from last year,” Simsbury head coach Brooke Bulmer said of the uncertainty facing her squad this year.  “My team has really stepped it up this season.”

Simsbury (14-1-2-1) is a four seed in the tournament, and advanced to the semifinals with wins over 13 Ridgefield and rival 5 Glastonbury.

The winner of tonight’s matchup will play the winner of Cheshire/Greenwich in the State Title game on Saturday.

 

Class M

 Avon

 Avon (13-3-2-0) is seeded fourth in this year’s Class M State Tournament and will take on top-seed Lauralton (17-0-1-0) tonight at 6pm in Watertown for a ticket to the finals.  The Falcons lost to the top-seed Wilton last year in the finals, who went on to win the Class M State Championship.

Under the leadership of coach Terri Ziemnicki, Avon beat 13 Brookfield in the first round before beating 5 New Fairfield in the quarterfinals.  The winner of the semifinals game will play the winner of Wilton/Daniel Hand in the State Championship game on Saturday.

 

Volleyball

 Class L

 Farmington

The unstoppable Farmington girl’s volleyball team is looking to defend their state title hopes Thursday vs. 4 Ledyard in New Britain at 5pm.  The Indians (21-0) lost only one match to Bristol Eastern in the CCC title game, and are the number one seed in the Class L State Tournament.  Last year as a five seed, Farmington lost in the quarterfinals to East Lyme.

In this year’s tournament, Farmington earned a first round bye, and then beat rival 17 Avon and 9 E.O. Smith to qualify for the semifinals.  The Indians will have their hands full with Ledyard, as the Colonels have lost only one match this season and can match Farmington’s mark of 21 victories.  The winner of this semifinals matchup will compete for a State Championship Saturday vs. the winner of  RHAM/Bristol Eastern.

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