The boys volleyball state tournaments begin next week, and so will Newingtonâ€™s quest for a three-peat.
The Indians are back-to-back state champs and enter the Class M state tournament as the top seed after going 18-2 in the regular season. Newingtonâ€™s only losses all year came to the Blue Knights, including in the CCC Tournament final, but it wonâ€™t have to worry about them in their march for history.
Being the top seed gives the Indians a bye in the first round, meaning they will await their opponent in the quarterfinals, which will take place on Friday, May 31 at 6 p.m. at Newington High School. Newington will play either No. 8 South Windsor (12-7) or No. 9 Daniel Hand (10-7). The Indians didnâ€™t face either team in the regular season, but they will enter the matchup as the heavy favorite regardless of which team gets the enviable task of trying to topple the Class M juggernaut.
Southington will have a very similar path to the final as Newington, being the top seed in Class L with a first round bye after going a perfect 19-0 in the regular season. The Blue Knights will face either No. 8 Conard (9-8) or No. 9 Fairfield Warde (10-9) on Friday, May 31 at 6 p.m., and they have experience against Conard, having swept them 3-0 on the road earlier this month.
Should the Blue Knights advance to the semifinals, they could wind up facing No. 4 Staples (16-2), which would present an opportunity to take out the defending Class L champs.