Darien spikers beat Trumbull to stay unbeaten
Updated 3:01 pm, Thursday, October 27, 2011
TRUMBULL -- For the 15th time in 17 matches this fall, Darien High School's girls' volleyball team not only won, but did so in the minimum three games in Wednesday's visit to Trumbull High.
The Blue Wave remained unbeaten heading into Friday's regular season finale against Trinity Catholic of Stamford, but it wasn't as easy as the 3-0 score indicates. The Wave won 25-19, 25-21 and 25-23 to get the win. Trumbull finished the regular season with an 8-10 mark.
"They came out very strong. They were excited and they had a lot of energy," said Darien's Brittany Osborn, noting that it was Trumbull's Senior Night game.
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Trumbull jumped out to a 5-2 lead in game two, and after the Wave clawed back to even the score, the teams traded points before Katie Stueber's kill finally gave the visitors the advantage at 10-9. Darien built a 13-9 lead before Trumbull reeled off seven straight points to reclaim a three-point edge at 16-13, but Darien simply proved to be too strong late in the game.
It was the same story in game three. Trumbull actually established a 7-2 advantage and led until Darien went on a 5-1 game-ending run to erase a 22-20 deficit and close out the match. With the score tied at 22-22, Osborn had back-to-back service aces for a 24-22 advantage. A violation on the next serve gave Trumbull a point and some life again, but Darien's Riley Sousa ended the match with a kill.
Osborn had 10 digs, six kills, six service points and three aces. Sousa compiled nine assists, six service points, five digs and four kills. Setter Nina Preston racked up 18 assists to go along with 16 service points, four aces and a pair of digs. Stueber added 11 kills, three digs, three service points and an ace.
"It was a good victory. There's always stuff to work on," Osborn said. Osborn believes that for her team to continue its unbeaten ways in the upcoming FCIAC and state playoffs, the Wave will need to work together consistently in matches and stay aggressive.
"It's definitely rewarding," Osborn said of the team's unbeaten ways. "But our focus is now Friday and the FCIACs. We're not going to be happy until we finish the season."
In other words, an unbeaten season isn't an unbeaten season unless it includes the postseason for this group of volleyball players.
"It's awesome. We've been working really hard," senior captain Charlett Stevenson said. "It feels great to come this far along with everyone on the team." Stevenson added that, while Darien may be the favorite to win the FCIAC tourney, the team members know they'll have to earn it.
"Of course every team wants to win. There are some great teams and you never really know," Stevenson said.
The FCIAC quarterfinals are scheduled for Tuesday, followed by the semis on Thursday and the championship match on Saturday, Nov. 5.