Volleyball top performances from week 1 of the 2022 season

Top performers

Lauren Bender, Bristol Eastern: The senior collected 22 kills with four aces and nine digs during the Lancers’ 3-1 win over Berlin last Thursday. Bender has 97 kills in six matches to help Bristol Eastern get out to a 5-1 start.

Lexi Bonato, Amity: Bonato, a junior, had a double-double with 11 kills and 17 digs to help the Spartans defeat Woodland 3-1 on Sept. 12. She also added two assists and one block.

Evelyn Brenton, Glastonbury: The All-State middle has moved to outside hitter to help the team and has collected 41 kills, 27 digs, 11 aces and four blocks in four matches thus far.

Maggie Carley, Trumbull: Carley collected 30 assists, five aces and three kills to help lead the Eagles to a 3-0 shutout of Masuk in the season-opener on Sept. 8.

Bailey Downey, Manchester: The sophomore outside hitter filled the stat sheet with 12 kills and a .458 hitting percentage, nine digs, two blocks and two aces in a 3-1 victory over New Britain on Sept. 12.

Alyssa Dugas, Newington: The junior setter has amassed 151 assists in six matches and is averaging 7.6 assists per set so far this season. She has topped 30 assists in three matches, including 36 in a 3-1 loss to Suffield, and 33 in both a 3-1 win over Berlin and a 3-0 over New Britain.

Gabrielle Ferreira, Southington: The junior had 11 kills, 17 digs, five blocks, two aces and two assists to help Southington overcome Trumbull 3-2 on Sept. 9.

Leilani Gillespie, Darien: Gillespie had a double-double with 11 kills and 15 digs in the Blue Wave’s sweep of Newtown last Friday. The senior added four aces and a block.

Sophie Gronski, Woodstock Academy: Gronski, a sophomore, had 32 assists, 17 digs, and three aces to help the Centaurs defeat Ledyard 3-1 on Sept. 16. She also had 36 assists and nine digs in a five-set win over South Windsor on Sept.10.

Ally Hadley, RHAM: The senior had double-doubles in consecutive 3-0 wins against Southington (13 kills, 13 digs) and Tolland (16 kills, 12 digs). She also had 21 kills in a five-set loss to Ludlowe.

Emily Hart, Platt: Hart had 30 assists, 13 digs and 10 kills in Platt’s 3-1 win over Farmington on Sept. 8. She has 99 assists in five matches to start the season.

Tatum Holderied, Ludlowe: The senior middle hitter racked up 21 kills in a four-set victory in Newtown on Monday. She also had 15 kills and nine blocks when the Falcons defeated defending Class L champion RHAM.

Sophia Kuselias, Mercy: The senior dished out 25 assists in Mercy’s four-set win over Guilford on Sept. 14.

Avery Mola, Cheshire: Mola put down 21 kills to lead Cheshire to a 3-1 win over North Haven on Sept, 14, She also had two aces and six digs.

Marley Orosz, O’Brien Tech: The senior collected 10 aces, 10 digs and eight kills to help O’Brien Tech score a 3-1 victory over Abbott Tech on Sept. 14.

Ella Pappa, Berlin: The senior captain and outside hitter had 12 kills, 12 digs, and four aces when Berlin defeated Coventry 3-2 on Sept. 15.

Aly Rappaport, Wilton: Rappaport, a senior setter, delivered 27 assists and five aces to help lead the Warriors to a 3-0 shutout of Weston last Wednesday.

Camdyn Roth, Trumbull: The Eagles’ senior racked up 18 kills and seven digs in a 3-0 win over Avon.

Samantha Sklenka, Bristol Central: The senior collected 70 digs in the Rams’ first five matches, an average of 14 per contest. Her season high is 24 in a 3-1 loss to RHAM, and she also had 18 in a 3-1 win over Glastonbury.

Sami Torreso, Stratford: Torreso, a junior, drilled 12 aces and dished out seven assists in Stratford’s three-set sweep of Harding.

Geena Vincenzo, Berlin: The sophomore racked up 32 digs and 16 kills despite not playing in the first set of a 3-2 win over Coventry. She also had an ace.


Greenwich at Brien McMahon, Thursday, 4:30: The Senators have opened the season with four straight out-of-conference wins. They face their first FCIAC opponent in defending league and Class LL champion Greenwich.

Suffield at Coventry, Thursday, 5:30: Coventry, which is always in contention for a Class S crown, hosts a Suffield team which won its first six matches by a combined score of 18-1.

Bristol Central at Berlin, Friday, 6: Berlin won three of its first five matches, including a five-setter over Coventry, and appears to be taking a step up. Bristol Central, a CCC contender, will be one of its biggest challenges so far.

Newtown at Masuk, Friday, 6:15: Two of the SWC’s perennial contenders get an early-season test in this head-to-head clash.

East Lyme at Woodstock Academy, Monday, 5:30: Defending ECC champion East Lyme travels North to take on a Woodstock Academy team which has been on fire with five wins to start the season.

Ludlowe at Greenwich, Tuesday, 4:30: This battle of the birds is a rematch of last year’s Class LL championship game, won by Greenwich.

Cheshire at Amity, Tuesday, 5:30: Two traditional SCC powerhouses clash in the first of two meetings during the regular season. Cheshire beat Amity in four sets for last year’s conference crown.

New Canaan at Staples, Tuesday, 6: The FCIAC is loaded this season and New Canaan and Staples figure to be in the middle of the playoff mix. 

David.Stewart@hearstmediact.com; @dstewartsports