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NewFairfield Rebels put up a battle against the Bethel Wildcats. They lost in 4 sets 12-25, 25-23, 12-25 and 24-26. The Rebels won the second set 25-23 and nearly pulled off a win in the 4th set but ultimately lost the set, 24-26.
The Rebels made a final push to win as Riley Gibbons went to the serving line at 18-21. The Rebels won two more rallies and improved to 20-21. Gibbons had a serving error and the Wildcats earned a point, 20-22. The Rebels lost the next rally 20-23. The next rally ended with a timely kill from Sophomore Brianna Perun,21-23. Crystal Gangi served and Maija Evans won the rally with a kill, 22-23. The next rally ended with a hitting error from Avery Predham and the Wildcats improved to 24-22. Maija Evans came through with another kill, 24-23. Briget Martin served, Wildcats attacked, Bridget Martin got the dig. The rally continued back and forth for over a minute. Kelly Ford attacked the ball, the opponent returned with another attack and a dig from Maija Evans. The Wildcats returned the ball again. Crystal Gangi gets the dig. Kelly Ford blocked the next attack but the Wildcats picked it up and attacked again. Kelly Ford answered the attack with another block. The Wildcats scrambled to return another attack only for it to be picked up again with another dig from Bridget Martin. The rally ended with the opponent hitting into the net, 24-24.
The next play ended with a ball handling error from Brianna Perun, 25-24.
The opponent served and the rally played on with 2 attacks from Kelly Ford ending in a final attack from the Wildcats. The attack broke through the block and ricocheted off the Rebel defense. The Wildcats won 26-24.
Kelly Ford led the team's offense with 7 kills and 4aces. Ford also contributed to the defense with 2 solo blocks and 2 digs. Emily Flanagan offered up 7 aces and contributed 1 kill and 1 dig. Avery Predham and Brianna Perun each had 3 kills. Perun had 7 assists and 2 digs. Riley Gibbons had 3 aces, 2 kills and 1 block. Giovanna Langguth had 2 kills and 6 digs. Bridget Martin had 9 digs. Crystal Gangi had 1 ace, 7 assists and 2 digs. Maija Evans had 2 kills and 2 digs. Brielle Vore had 1 kill. Olivia Chadwick had 1 ace.
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