Shelton High\u2019s boys volleyball court has been home to the state tournament championship match for three years, and will host this year\u2019s pinnacle game as well; this spring, the Gaels are hoping to be on the court for the final match.\u201cWe\u2019ve been shagging balls and setting up games for a few years,\u201d Shelton Coach Leanne Bianchine said after her team moved a step closer to the final match with a Class L quarterfinal-round win over visiting Glastonbury, on Friday. The third-seeded Gaels defeated the No. 6 Glastonbury Tomahawks 3-0 (27-25, 25-21, 25-15). With the win, Shelton will play second-seeded Darien in the semifinals, at a neutral site, on June 8 or 9. \u201cWe\u2019re hoping for the home court advantage,\u201d said Bianchine, alluding to the June 12 championship match. Captain Grant Fevrier had 17 kills, six digs, and 10 service points; captain Erik Kocur had 12 kills, seven digs, and 10 service points \u2013 including a trio of aces; T.J. Nicholas had eight kills, two blocks, three digs, and 10 service points; Michael Scarpa compiled 14 digs and nine service points, including a trio of aces; and Rhodric McCurdy tallied 35 assists and six digs. Fevrier noted that the Gaels have had matches in which some players haven\u2019t been at their best, but felt that everybody contributed significantly in this win. \u201cNot one person was lacking on the score sheet,\u201d Fervier said. A key to the across-the-board contributions was Shelton\u2019s passing game. \u201cOur passing was really solid and we came out on top,\u201d Scarpa said. \u201cWe were definitely sharp on the passing. That enabled us to use our middles,\u201d Fervier, an outside hitter, said of middle hitters Nicholas, Matthew Wojslaw and Patrick Devaney. Bianchine noted that the Gales strive to take advantage of their strong middle hitters drawing double-team setups in which opponents bring an outside hitter into the middle. The result is an opening on the outside for Fevrier and Kocur to compile kills. They did so with booming kills and tips, depending on the positioning of the Gaels and their opponents. Shelton used a 10-0 run, aided by back-to-back kills by Fevrier, to turn a 10-9 edge into an 11-point bulge in the put-away game. Nicholas and Kocur had key tips between Glastonbury\u2019s front and back row players to help put the match away. The serving game was big for the Gaels. Bianchine pointed out that her team struggled in matches in which they didn\u2019t serve well. The team worked hard in its practice time leading up to the Glastonbury match to work on serve placement. \u201cWe kept the ball away from their libero \u2013 that was huge,\u201d Shelton\u2019s coach said. The Tomahawks seemed to run out of steam as the match unfolded, a product of Shelton\u2019s ability to keep its opponents moving around so much, Bianchine said. \u201cBeautiful win. I\u2019m so proud of them,\u201d she said.