UTICA — The Utica volleyball team couldn’t have picked a better night to honor its Head Coach Laurie Londot in her final home game at Utica High School. Londot, who will be retiring after this year from both coaching and teaching, had the opportunity to watch her daughter and her team win against the Newark Wildcats in four sets of exciting volleyball (22-25, 25-12, 25-18, 25-20).

Londot was really happy with the outcome of her last regular season game at Utica High School.

“This is the end of our season,” said Coach Londot. “This is the end of our regular season and my last time to coach a regular season game in here. It’s really cool. It was a good team and a good program. They all played hard and I just like watching them play and have fun. When they are smiling, then that is just awesome. That’s why you want them to play.”

The Redskins did get off to a bit of a shaky start during the first set when they lost 25-22, but the match was still close and the team found a way to get their rhythm back even though they were short a player and had to make some adjustments. The team was able to completely dominate and pull away in the next two sets (25-12, 25-18) and won the game in and exciting and close 25-20 finish with Londot’s daughter, Emily, getting the last kill and the last point of the night.

“We had to communicate and be aggressive,” said coach Londot. “We were playing in a line-up that we hadn’t played all year because one of our players is home sick. We had a completely different rotation. When you switch stuff up, it’s late in the season, so you should be able to make adjustments, but at the same time it really changes things when you change up the line-up. We had a rough start, but then everyone got a bit more comfortable and they communicated a lot better.”

Jeanne Moore had six aces and 20 digs for the Redskins. Emily Londot had 39 kills, four blocks and 19 digs, Mallory Benedict had five aces, four kills and 11 digs, Bella Ellis had 45 assists, two aces and two kills, and Kloe Staugh had four kills.

The Redskins will be back in action tonight, traveling to Watkins Memorial. The freshmen will kick the night off at 4:45 p.m.

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