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Local roundup: Waterford plays in Class M volleyball semis tonight

Published November 13. 2013 4:00AM

Waterford plays for a berth in the Class M state volleyball championship tonight when the fifth-seeded Lancers play No. 1 Woodland at Glastonbury High School.

The match begins at 7 p.m.

Waterford (15-6) won the Eastern Connecticut Conference Medium Division championship and advanced to the semifinals with victories over No. 12 St. Joseph and No. 13 Brookfield.

Tonight's winner will play either No. 6 Foran or No. 18 Rocky Hill for the state title on Saturday at Berlin High School at 1 p.m.

In addition to the Lancers, the Old Lyme boys' soccer team also has a semifinal game in the Class S tournament tonight. The Wildcats, the No. 9 seed, take on No. 5 Cromwell at Guilford High at 6:30 p.m. Old Lyme handed Cromwell, a Shoreline Conference rival, its only regular season defeat.

H.S. swimming

• Meredith Hird placed in three events to help the Fitch/St. Bernard co-op place 11th in the CIAC Class L championships at Wesleyan University in Middletown.

The Falcons finished with 186 points, well off the pace of champion Darien's 886.

Hird, a junior, placed fourth in the 200 individual medley in 2 minutes, 08.81 seconds. She also ran the second leg of two relay teams that placed.

She joined Mikaela Dimaapi, Grace Moriarty and Jackie Kokomoor to finish 6th in the 200 freestyle relay (1:43.28), then teamed up with Michelle Campbell, Moriarty and Kokomoor to place seventh in the 400 freestyle relay (3:46.48).

College honors

• Coast Guard Academy juniors Richie Burns and John Tarzian were been named to the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference men's soccer all-conference first team.

Burns, a goalkeeper, was a first-team pick for the second straight year after leading the NEWMAC in saves (101) and shutouts (6) while finishing second save percentage (.849) and goals against average (0.93).

Tarzian, a back, earned all-conference honors for the first time in his career. He led all Coast Guard defenders with four goals and was one of four players to start all 20 games this season for the Bears.

• Coast Guard junior Holly Moore was named to the All-NEWMAC second team in women's soccer. Moore, a goalkeeper, had a goals against average of 1.62 and recorded three shutouts for the Bears. In addition, the Bears were named the recipient of the NEWMAC Sportsmanship Award.

• Coast Guard senior co-captains Kelsey DePorto and Samantha Marmolejo were named to the All-NEWMAC volleyball first team.

DePorto, a middle blocker, led the NEWMAC with 419 kills and led the Bears with 87 blocks. She finished her career as the Bears' all-time leader with 461 games played, second in blocks (447) and fourth in kills (1,323) as she earned first team All-NEWMAC honors for the fourth straight season.

Marmolejo, a libero, led the NEWMAC with 518 digs and finished as the Bears' all-time leader with 1,775 digs.

Women's basketball

• UConn officials said an update on the condition of All-American Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis will not be known until today.

Mosqueda-Lewis, one of the nation's top shooters, suffered an apparent injury to her right elbow during the No. 1 Huskies 76-67 victory over No. 3 Stanford on Monday night in Storrs.

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