Shelton girls volleyball tips Hamden

Shelton's Clarissa Pierre, Kassidy Wojtowicz and Jess Jayakar talk strategy in the match with Hamden.

Shelton's Clarissa Pierre, Kassidy Wojtowicz and Jess Jayakar talk strategy in the match with Hamden.

Bill Bloxsom / Hearst Connecticut Media

SHELTON - The Shelton girls’ volleyball had one more dragon to slay before the SCC playoffs get started next week. The Gaels took on Hamden and swept their way to a 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-15) victory on Thursday night.

“I’ve happy with our performance against a good team,” said Shelton coach LeAnne Bianchine after her club finished the regular season with a 9-3 record and dropped Hamden to 8-4. “When we played them there (also a 3-0 win), they didn’t have their great middle (Rae Ada-George). I told my guys to be ready. She gets up over the block and hits right to the 10-foot line, she is amazing. My kids kept their cool, and controlled the pace of the game for the most part.”

Ada-George was as good as advertised for coach Leah Milner, as the middle hitter finished with 7 kills and 3 blocks.

Shelton received fine play from is two middles, Clarissa Pierre (4 blocks) and Bella Giliotti (6 blocks).

“Bella was a mad blocker in the middle, I’m so happy with the job she did tonight,” Bianchine said. “Clarissa did great job in the middle and had 4 kills and 3 digs.”

Shelton’s Jess Jayakar was on target all match with 7 kills and the she hit the floor to come up with 9 digs. In game one, Jayakar spotted her team an 8-3 lead with a 5-point service run that included an ace.

Hamden setter Kaitlin Moran then went to the stripe to tie things at 14 with a 4-point run of her own. Giliotti, after a series of side outs kept the margin within two, had a win at the net and a tip to the middle to spark Shelton’s 25-20 victory.

Shelton’s Julia Krijgsman was the defining performer in the next two sets. She had 6 winners with an ace thrown in to put the Gaels up 11-5 in game two.

Hamden, led by Maile Estacion in service, got back in it behind the sophomore’s 4-point stay that took the score to 16-12. Christina Logan’s hustle kept points alive and Ada-George changed things up with a tip. Logan finished with 4 kills and 2 digs,

Pierre’s block put Shelton back on point, however. Krijgsman had a spike through a block, a deep kill and a winning bump before serving up the last two points in the 25-16 win.

Game three followed the same curve with a tight beginning before Krijgsman served Shelton to a big lead.

The junior’s 6-point run with a pair of aces helped Shelton build a 13-5 advantage. Shelton weathered 4 points from Hamden’s Estacion (7 digs) and a tip by Kendall Terry and won it on Krijgsman 6th ace on match point.

“We’ve had a great regular season,” Milner said of her Dragons. “I have 6 seniors, and they impacted the squad this year with leadership, with positivity and just all-around attitude.”

Bianchine said: “Jess Jayakar and Julia Krijgsman were phenomenal. My defensive players Annabella Leone and Albana Hima covered the floor well. Kassidy Wojtowicz did a great job on the right side, with a couple of blocks, and good swings.”

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