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New Canaan’s Emma Wheeler (11) and Caroline Eno go up to block a shot during the Rams’ win over Warde last Wednesday. — Dave Stewart photo

In each of the last two seasons, the New Canaan Rams came up one win short of qualifying for the state volleyball playoffs.

This year, they’ve reached that goal with seven matches still to come.

New Canaan punched its ticket to the postseason with a thrilling, 3-2 victory over the Laraulton Hall Crusaders Monday at NCHS. The Rams trailed after three sets, but came back to win 26-24, 20-25, 20-25, 25-21, and 15-11.

The Rams improved to 8-5 overall, qualifying for the state tournament for the first time since 2014. They’re also 5-4 in the FCIAC and are tied for seventh place in that playoff race. The top eight teams will play in the league playoffs.

The victory over Lauralton Hall was a barnburner, as all five sets were decided by five pr fewer points.

Senior co-captains Carson Allsteadt and Hayley Salvatore each delivered in the clutch win, with Allsteadt racking up a team-best 25 kills to go along with 24 digs, and Salvatore picking up 14 digs and a pair of aces.

Jessica Parrino led the team with 29 digs and had nine kills and four aces, while setter Emma Wheeler collected 39 assists, 10 digs, and four aces.

Carey Callahan was a strong force on defense with 17 digs to go along with one ace.

 

 

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