Fairfield Ludlowe girls volleyball holds off New Canaan
Updated 5:37 pm, Thursday, October 11, 2012
With Greenwich coming to town on Friday, Fairfield Ludlowe girls volleyball coach Meghan Skelton was worried about a letdown in her team's match Wednesday against New Canaan.
But the Falcons, this year, have been stronger-minded than to overlook any opponent.
Ludlowe won its seventh straight match, improving to 10-1 as the Falcons beat the Rams 3-0 (25-18, 25-16, 26-24) at Ludlowe.
"I worry about every team," Skelton said. "This year we've done a better job of focusing on our side."
Falcons senior Kelly Rotondo had 40 assists and three aces, junior Corinne Lang had an ace and eight digs, also leading a six-point scoring run in game three, turning a 24-20 Rams lead into the 26-24 game three score.
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"We came together at the end," Rotondo said. "It was a really good game at the end."
Ludlowe's Emily Nelson recorded 16 kills, 10 digs and three aces. The Falcons will meet Greenwich Friday in a showdown of one-loss clubs.
New Canaan proved to be a tougher foe than its record would indicate. The Rams battled to within striking distance in each game, leading 7-1 in game three.
But the Falcons back, evening the score at 14, 17 and 20. The pesky Rams, led by Conover's four straight service points, built a 24-20 advantage.
But after Nelson's kill, Lang stepped onto the back line and delivered six straight service points. Jaime Quinn's four kills, including one that ended it, spirited the run.
"At the end, the most important thing is staying confident," Quinn said. "You have to give it your all in your crucial points."
Skelton credited her team's mental toughness especially in game three.
"It's always nice to come back," she said. "In the past, it wouldn't have happened, we would've lost the third and gone to five and it would've been this dicey, hard finish."