TRUMBULL -- They rolled into St. Joe's High School in Trumbull on Wednesday afternoon and should have kept the bus running in the parking lot. The Darien High School volleyball team needed just 49 minutes to dismantle the Cadets in three sets.

Barely breaking a sweat, it was pretty apparent the Blue Wave were using the match as a tune-up for Friday's showdown against Staples High School.

"We don't look past anyone and we played really well," senior Calder Billhardt said. "But it gave us the opportunity to run some plays that are going to come a little harder to us against Staples. We've been getting ready for them for the last week or two."

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St. Joe's felt the effects of Darien's meticulous preparation. The Cadets, who came into the game with just one victory, couldn't measure up physically or athletically with Darien. After a slow start, the Blue Wave found their stride with Austin Cockerill dominating with both his serve and presence at the net. The senior co-captain had three of his six aces in the first set, with Darien taking it 25-13.

"My coach was giving me really, really good tips on where to place it," said Cockerill, who also had seven kills in 13 attempts. "It just really worked out for me and I had a real good time with it."

The Blue Wave had a good time with things in the second set, thumping St. Joe's, 25-9. Billhardt had a strong showing, recording four of his game-high 14 kills.

"I felt pretty good today. Matt Lee set me up really well," said Billhardt, who killed all but three attempts. "I played well but I couldn't have done it without my teammates."

Lee was brilliant setting up Billhardt and everyone else on the court. He had 25 assists to go a long with four kills and four aces. The Blue Wave closed out the Cadets in the third set 25-13, running their record to 11-1.

"I think this was a really good game to have before we go against Staples," Cockerill said. "We had to make sure that our offense was down to the wire and ready to go for Friday."

In the words of Jets linebacker Bart Scott, many in Fairfield county "can't wait" for that.

In their first match of the season on April 13, the Wreckers defeated the Wave in four sets.