THS splits with Douglas, Newcastle

Andrew D. Brosig/Torrington Telegram Lady Blazers Reece Halley, left, and Morgan Bates celebrate a point in the fourth game of the match against Douglas on Thursday at Torrington High School. Douglas won 2-1 despite a Lady Blazer rally in the third set of the match.

TORRINGTON – The Torrington High School volleyball team split a pair of weekend matches.

The Lady Blazers fell to Douglas Thursday at home but picked up a road win over Newcastle on Saturday.

After dropping the first two sets to Douglas 25-14, 25-18, the Lady Blazers battled back to take set three 25-21 and force a fourth set. The visiting Lady Bearcats edged Torrington 25-18, ending the Lady Blazers upset bid over the No. 3-ranked team.

In the loss, senior Nakayln Garner led Torrington with eight kills, while freshman Avery West added seven. Sophomore Michaela Moorehouse had six, while senior Brielle Bivens, junior Dani Masterson and freshman Reese Halley added five apiece. Garner and Masterson dished up two serving aces, while Morgan Bates tallied 15 assists.

Defensively, Bivens recorded 14 digs, while Masterson and Garner had 12 digs each. Masterson and Moorehouse had one block apiece.

Two days later, the Lady Blazers rebounded with a 3-2 win over the Newcastle Lady Dogies.

Newcastle won the first two sets 25-21, 25-23, but the Lady Blazers rattled off three straight set wins 25-21, 25-23, 15-6 to slip out of town with the win.

Masterson and Moorehouse led Torrington with nine kills each, while Garner added eight. Bates dished out 17 assists, while senior Katelynn Wright added 13. Garner served up a team-high seven aces, while the Lady Blazers tallied 18 as a team.

Defensively, Bivens had 15 digs, while sophomore Emily McGaugh added 13 and Wright 12. Mooreshouse and Halley recorded three kills each.

The Lady Blazers (6-16 overall and 2-1 in the 3A Southeast) are on the road Thursday at Wheatland (3-15 and 0-3). First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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