Volleyball blanks Danbury, keeps on rolling
Begley comes up big in win
DANBURY -- No matter the gym, this team always feels at home.
Despite the long trip up to Danbury, the Darien undefeated girls volleyball team faced a little bit of a test on Wednesday evening, but passed with relative ease, knocking off the host Hatters 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-11), handing the Hatters only their third loss of the season. The Blue Wave improved to 10-0 and Danbury fell to 6-3.
Whenever the Blue Wave goes to an opposing gym, it still manages to keep an edge because their reputation can seep into the mindset of the opponent. Danbury, try as it might, and did, Wednesday night, eventually wilted and gave way to another dominating Darien performance.
Senior captain and setter Mackenzie Begley, who mixed her soft sets for close by teammates with harder ones for more distant teammates to keep the opposition off-guard, recorded 29 assists. She also had 18 service points and two kills.
Emma Getsinger tallied 13 service points, including three aces, along with nine kills and a block. Kelly Kosnik had seven kills and a block; Katie Stueber recorded five kills, three service points, including an ace, and a pair of blocks; and Charlett Stevenson totaled six kills, and seven service points, including two aces.
"They played really well today," Begley said of the opponents.
The Wave took some time to shake Danbury every now and then, finally pulling away from a slim 10-8 edge on a game-ending 15-5 run in third frame.
But as it's methodically done in this conferences for what seems like ages now, the Wave accumulated points in a variety of ways.
In game two, Kosnik's kill made it 15-9, Begley followed with a service ace for a 16-9 lead and Kosnik's block at the net led to another point for an eight-point advantage as part of a 5-0 Darien run to seize control.
In the third game, after yielding the first point, Darien reeled off six unanswered and never looked back en route to closing out its eighth 3-0 triumph of the campaign.
The Wave established a commanding 20-6 lead by using well-placed returns to force the Hatters into errant hits. It was another typical clinic.
Kosnik had two late kills and Bellla Carrara made a nice diving effort to keep a ball in play as the Hatters made the Wave work hard in spots.
Of course, the Wave played an even better match and Begley was pleased with many phases of her team's game.
"We served well today. We played good defense and had a good day overall," Begley said. "There's always stuff to work on -- a lot of the little things, blocking and hitting."