GFA Sports roundup
Updated 1:17 am, Thursday, November 24, 2011
The GFA girls volleyball team finished as the runner-up at the New England Class C tournament Saturday.
The Dragons defeated Cheshire Academy 3-0 in the semifinals and advanced to play conference rival King in the finals. GFA split its first two matches with King but King won the rubber match 3-1 to take the New England Class C title. This was GFA's second runner-up trophy as it lost in FAA League championship as well.
Setter Sarah MacDonell (Westport) led GFA at New Englands with 30 assists, 18 kills and 12 blocks. Kiera Wood (12 kills, five blocks), Sarah Young (15 kills, 12 digs) and Laura Reul (10 kills, 15 blocks) led the Dragons' offense. Freshman Claire Comey (Westport) continues to impress adding six kills, five blocks and a team high nine aces.
GFA displayed its speed in the midfield with Emily Caldwell and Caroline Vanacore, as well as up top with Phebe Wong. Kate Tomlinson, Sam Brown, Caldwell, Blair Pelley and Olivia Lennon led the defense, and limited Wheeler to only two shots on goal in the first half.
Caldwell's direct kick tied it 1-1 and sent the game into overtime. GFA won the penalty kicks round, 5-4. Kiki Kauffman, Tomlinson, Vanacore, Wong and Caldwell converted their penalty kicks for the Dragons. Goalie Caroline Kruk had a diving save on Wheeler's second shooter.
Against Brewster Academy, Caldwell, Nora Flaherty and Wong led the offense. Tomlinson and Brown backed up Kruk and led the defense.
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Although GFA outshot Brewster 12-4, it fell short because Brewster found the corner of the net in the first half. GFA's best opportunity came in the second half as Pelley sent a corner ball into the box where Vanacore hit it past a diving Brewster goalie; however, the goal was called back because of a handball.