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Wednesday, July 26 High School Sports

Darien boys volleyball stays unbeaten with win over Warde

DARIEN — From the outside, it may appear the Darien boys volleyball team has simply been dominating opponents from game one this season.

That assessment would not be totally wrong, the Blue Wave is unbeaten at 17-0 and 14-0 in the FCIAC, having only dropped three sets all season.

However, the team feels it is playing much better now than it was in April. The players attribute the improvement to increased skill and team chemistry.

With one week remaining in the regular season, it seems the perfect time for the Blue Wave to be reaching their peak.

Darien was dominant again Friday, rolling over Warde 3-0 (25-16, 25-15 and 25-14).

For a team with clearly defined goals of winning both the FCIAC and Class L championships, they realize now is the time to be bringing everything together.

“I think we have improved a lot. A lot of hard-fought hours spent in practice and some great competition there,” Darien co-captain Alex Preston said. “Everyone is growing into their roles, growing into our lineup and everyone is embracing where they are. We are playing the way we want to play, playing with energy but we have a big week next week with Danbury, who played us close, and of course Ridgefield. We just have to take it one game at a time and hopefully bring this energy we had today into the next week and then into the playoffs.”

Preston had 9 kills, 2 blocks, 2 digs and 3 service points; Tyler Herget had 1 kill, 2 blocks, 5 service points and 31 assists; Zak Swetye had 5 kills and 1 ace, Dillon Jones had 3 kills and 1 block and Sean McKay had 6 kills and 4 blocks for the Blue Wave.

For Warde (8-7, 6-7) Guilherme Lima finished with 5 kills, 6 digs and 3 service points; Matt Skelton had 3 kills, 4 service points and 3 digs and Luke Connor had 2 service points and 3 digs.

Warde coach Garrett Covino said he was pleased with how his team competed but Darien is as complete of a unit as you will see in boys volleyball in Connecticut.

“The best thing about Darien this year is they are such a well-rounded team,” Covino said. “They really have every position covered. They fight for the ball and they are very passionate and they are not going to let the ball hit the floor. They do a really nice job of passing. This is one of the best passing teams I have seen in a long time whether it is from defense or from a serve. They are such a well-trained team.”

PLAYER OF THE GAME

Tim Herget, Darien. Herget had 10 kills, 1 block, 15 service points, 6 aces and 6 digs.

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“Today we were very focused on and I think that shows over the course of the season,” Herget said. “Over the course of the season, I have seen everybody improve as individuals and as a team. The team chemistry has just soared over the course of the season.”

PROM DATES

Darien coach Laurie LaRusso kept her post-game talk brief and most of the players were out the door before the JVs had even started warming up is Darien is holding its Senior Prom Friday night. The Blue Wave have seven seniors on the roster and may have been even more motivated than usual to finish off the game in three sets so as not to upset any waiting prom dates.

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DARIEN 3, WARDE 0

WARDE 16 15 14—0

DARIEN 25 25 25—3

Records: D—17-0, 14-0 FCIAC; W—8-7, 6-7

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