WESTPORT -- After surviving the first game, the Darien girls volleyball team showed why it's the best team in Connecticut, possibly New England, with a 3-0 (32-30, 25-15, 25-15) victory at Staples on Wednesday. Darien raised its record to 7-0. Staples dropped to 5-1.

There were many lead changes in the pivotal first game. Blue Wave senior Emma Gestinger (13 kills, one block, 12 service points, four aces, seven digs) hit a deep kill to tie it 28-28 in the opener, which prevented the Lady Wreckers from taking a 1-0 lead.

Sophomore Kelly Kosnik (four digs, four kills) gave Darien a 31-30 lead with a leaping block and Staples had trouble with Gestinger's serve to close out the game.

The first game win gave the Blue Wave momentum as they took 4-0 leads in the second and third games. Darien increased its leads to 19-11 and 20-10 in the second and third games respectively.

Senior captain MacKenzie Begley (30 assists, 16 digs, eight service points, two aces, one kill) did a stellar job in setting up the Blue Wave offense. Teammate Bella Carrora (nine digs) sparkled defensively for Darien. Junior Charlett Stevenson (11 kills, 10 digs, seven service points, one ace) also made her presence felt in both rows.

Read the full story from this game in Friday's Darien News.