Masuk volleyball team posts wins, qualifies for states

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Samantha Sullivan and Tolu Olatinwo go up for a block during a match this season.

MONROE, CT — The Masuk High girls volleyball team rebounded from two straight losses to beat South-West Conference foes Bethel and Brookfield in recent action. With the wins, the Panthers raised their record to 9-5 and qualified for the state playoffs.

Masuk defeated visiting Bethel 3-0 (25-11, 25-19, 25-14) on Oct. 13 behind 8 kills and 5 aces from sophomore Laura Micu. Junior Samantha Sullivan chipped in 5 kills, 3 digs and an ace. Senior Rose Kealey spread out 16 assists to go along with her 4 digs, a block and a kill.

The Panthers traveled to Brookfield two days later to take a hard-fought battle from the host Bobcats. After weathering a Brookfield comeback, Masuk prevailed 3-2 (25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 23-25, 15-9).

Kealey delivered 22 assists and Carly Snyder dealt out 3 assists to go along with her 9 digs. Sullivan led the way from the service line with 5 aces, while Alexis Mitrakis had 3. Tolu Olatinwo smashed 5 kills from her middle-hitter position and added 2 blocks. Lucy Pagel and Hannah Fagan each had 3 kills and Sophie Gustinis had 2 kills and 2 blocks.

Masuk has a full slate of games this week, hosting Stratford on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m., before heading to Weston on Thursday at 7. The Panthers will return home on Saturday to take on Notre Dame of Fairfield at 11:30 a.m.

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