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Wheeler volleyball team opens with a sweep

NEW LONDON — The Wheeler girls’ volleyball team started its season with a three-game sweep of New London in Tuesday’s out of division match between ECC schools.

Wheeler won the first two games 25-20 and 25-18 before capping the night with a 27-25 comeback win in the third game.

“It was neck-and-neck the whole way,” Wheeler coach Jennamarie Lesky said. “New London was up 25-24 and we were able stay focused and score the next three points to win.”

Sara Gaccione led Wheeler with 20 digs and was named captain for the game.

Lesky said she will name two captains after each game in 2013 based on performance.

Alysia Rathbun had 16 digs and five aces and was named the other captain.

Paula Herran had 15 digs, eight kills and five aces.

Wheeler got its first win of the season on back-to-school night.

The Lions host Putnam today at 5:30 p.m.


Lions win two

LEBANON, Conn. — Wheeler won nonleague meets over Plainfield and Killingly but dropped its ECC-Small opener to Lyman Memorial on Tuesday.

The Lions downed Plainfield 24-31 and Killingly 23-32. Lyman got the best of Wheeler by a 25-30 score.

The quad meet was the first action of the season for all four teams.

Troy Stefanski turned in the best time of the day for the Lions, finishing in 19 minutes and 54 seconds on the 3.1-mile course. The senior placed third overall.

Plainfield’s Ryan Saros won the race with a time of 19:20.

Max Reck, a junior, was Wheeler’s next finisher, placing sixth in 20:46.

Rounding out the Lions’ scorers were sophomore Henry Smith (11th in 22:06), senior Billy Grigg (12th in 22:17) and freshman Anton Smith (15th in 22:33).

Lyman made it a sweep with wins against Plainfield (24-34) and Killingly (21-34) while Killingly beat Plainfield 26-29.

The Lions return to action this weekend at Saturday’s Windham Invitational. Wheeler competes in the Varsity 3 race at 2:30 p.m.


Lions win one of three

LEBANON, Conn. — Wheeler notched its first win of the season, nipping Killingly in a nonleague meet while dropping a pair to Lyman and Plainfield.

The Lions (1-2, 0-1 ECC Small) beat Killingly, 26-29, lost to Plainfield, 17-38, and dropped a 20-35 decision to Lyman in their ECC Small opener. It was the first action for all teams. Plainfield’s Kerri Ruffo finished first on the 3.1 mile course in 21:28. Junior Kelsey Melinosky was the first Wheeler finisher, placing eighth overall in 24:11. Sophomore Lea Janz was the next Wheeler runner in 11th place overall in 26:12. Rounding out the top five were freshman Gracie Anglin (15th in 27:17), sophomore Kalee Lewis (17th in 29:32) and freshman Lizzy O’Gara (18th in 30:05).

Plainfield swept all competition, beating Lyman, 23-32, and Killingly, 15-40. Lyman beat Killingly, 20-35.

Wheeler returns to race at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Windham Invitational in the Girls’ Varsity II race.

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