Masuk volleyball team comes back before setback in close one

Masuk's Ryan Barringer hits the ball past Newtown defenders as the Panthers' volleyball team battles Newtown.

MONROE, CT — Pushed to match point and trailing by four, Masuk High’s boys volleyball team came back to win game four and force a decisive fifth set when Newtown visited on April 7.

In the end, Newtown prevailed 3-2 (23-25, 25-16, 25-21, 24-26, 15-12).

The Nighthawks led 24-20 and were on the verge of victory before Masuk rattled off six straight points. Ryan Barringer’s kill tied things and a pair of hits out of bounds by Newtown capped Masuk’s comeback.

Nathan Kurkoski serves for the Panthers against Newtown.

After Newtown jumped out to a three-point lead in the fifth, the Panthers kept things close. Nate McCauley had a block for a point to make it 4-2 Newtown and Owen Smith recorded back-to-back kills to make it 5-4 in favor of the visitors.

The set continued to be a close one with the Nighthawks seizing four more three-point leads only to see the Panthers claw back to within a point or two each time.

Key hits for points by McCauley and Barringer kept things interesting all the way through.

McCauley finished with 19 kills, 5 blocks and 13 digs; Barrringer had 11 kills; Nathan Kurkoski logged 38 assists; and Jake Moreno compiled 13 digs.

The Panthers have a rematch with the Hawks, on the road, Monday, April 11 at 6 p.m.

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