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Westies fall in Opener
WH drops match to SHA
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(September 13, 2019) 
- As the season opener approached, West Haven volleyball coach Kate Coldren wanted to see her team come away with a road victory. While that did not happen, Coldren learned plenty about her team.

The Westies battled throughout, but could not come back in a 19-25, 14-25, 25-23, 11-25 defeat against Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden Friday evening. 

"It is not exactly the start we were hoping for, but we definitely know what we need to work on," Coldren said. "We were very evenly matched skill-wise, but they (SHA) played with much more excitement and energy. Bria (Stanley) had a decent night at the net and Noelle (Noble) played extremely well in the back row."

Sacred Heart used its energy to come away with a first game victory by six points in what was a tough battle. The Sharks controlled the second game, pushing West Haven to the limit being down a pair of games, before West Haven rallied and held on to win the third game by two points. West Haven could not sustain that energy in the fourth game and the Sharks controlled play to close out the contest. 

"We really need to work on consistency and fixing our mistakes," Coldren said. "We really struggled to get any kind of momentum going."

Giliana Santaniello led the Westies with three aces, five digs, and 10 assists. Bria Stanley added three aces, eight kills, and four digs, while Noelle Noble chipped in two kills and 13 digs.

Savannah Lopez had one ace, five digs, and four assists, Neve Krajcir added two aces, three kills, and two digs, and Thiana Baez had one ace and five digs.


First of the Year
Westies top Bassick
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(September 16, 2019)
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The West Haven volleyball team picked up its first win of the season and improved to 1-1 overall with a 3-0 victory over Bassick Monday evening at West Haven High. The Westies won by scores of 25-9, 25-6, and 25-14.

















Noelle Noble (7) looks to get West Haven a point against Bassick, Monday September 16, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
“It was a nice win for us tonight,” West Haven coach Kate Coldren said. “We needed to get this first win under our belt and now we need to keep this positive energy going. Tonight was about serving for us.  It was strong and consistent.  Our focus and enthusiasm were much better tonight, but we still need to work on our communication.  There were too many times that we didn't talk enough and plays fell apart.  This is something that we need to continue to improve on for the rest of the season.”
West Haven controlled the match from start to finish with a team effort. The Westies did not allow Bassick to get in double digits in terms of points until the third game, and received solid efforts throughout the team.
“Bria (Stanley) and Gilly (Santaniello) both had great games from the service line,” Coldren said. “Bria and Noelle (Noble) played well at the net.  It really was a team effort.”  
Bria Stanley led West Haven with 11 aces, eight kills, and one assist, Giliana Santaniello had nine aces, one kill, one dig, and 11 assists, Savannah Lopez added six assists, and Noelle Noble had five kills.  Romelin Mendoza chipped in three aces, and Neve Krajcir had two aces and two 2 kills.


Mercy rallies past Westies
Comeback falls short for WH
By MIKE MADERA
Westie Blue
(September 18, 2019)
 - After a feel good win over Bassick for West Haven’s initial victory of the season, the Westies were looking to keep the momentum going against Mercy Wednesday evening.
While West Haven put up quite a battle, it was not enough in a 3-2 loss to the Tigers. Mercy prevailed by scores of 17-25, 22-25, 25-23, 28-26, 6-15.

















The West Haven bench reacts to a point against Mercy, September 18, 2019. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
“Although tonight was heartbreaking, there are a lot of positives that we can take away from this game,” West Haven coach Kate Coldren said. “We didn't quit. Even with our backs against the wall, we fought hard.  They showed real heart tonight and never gave up.  They made adjustments quickly and recovered from their errors.  Hopefully, they learned that they need to play consistent and smart from the first point of the first game rather than have to fight back from a deficit.” 
After losing the first two games in close fashion, West Haven rallied to take the third and fourth games by two points apiece. Mercy then pulled away in the fifth game for the victory.
“Noelle (Noble) is doing extremely well and is my most consistent player,” Coldren said. “Her passing on defense and serve receive has been outstanding, and she really turned on her hitting tonight.  And lastly, Bria (Stanley) is our go to hitter thus far, and her serving has been very good.  We have a lot to build on for the rest of the season.”
Giliana Santaniello led the way with 19 assists, five aces, four kills, two digs, and two blocks, Bria Stanley added five aces, 12 kills, three digs, and two blocks, Neve Krajcir had seven aces, three kills, and nine digs, Noelle Noble was again solid with 14 kills, nine digs, and three aces.
Savannah Lopez added 12 assists, five kills, and four digs, Thiana Baez had five digs, and Lexi Prion added four digs. 

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