Lady Wrecker spikers blank Westhill
Updated 6:32 pm, Thursday, September 22, 2011
The Staples girls volleyball team remained undefeated with a 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-18) victory at Westhill (2-2) in Stamford to move to 3-0, helping stake its claim as a major threat in the FCIAC.
The Lady Wreckers cruised by the hosts, who rarely gained traction in a match that was dominated at the net by Staples. Joosje Grevers (eight kills, six digs, four blocks), Anna Link (five kills, seven digs) and Augustine Gradoux-Matt (three kills, two blocks) stood out in particular, constantly creating havoc for Westhill.
The height and length of the visitors was visibly apparent and was a constant hindrance to the Lady Vikings. As a result, Staples dominated the first and last sets and were rarely threatened.
The only source of drama came during a frenetic second set, when Westhill had an excellent opportunity to tie up the match.
It initially appeared as if the Lady Wreckers would cruise to a two-set lead, building up leads of 8-1, 18-11 and 22-17 in the process.
However the home side refused to lie down and slowly climbed its way back into the set, scoring six consecutive points behind the serving of Anjali Khetan to take its first lead of the frame.
Realizing the set was slipping through his team's collective fingers, Staples coach Jon Shepro wisely called timeout to calm his girls down and get them refocused. This made all the difference.
"We seemed to get a little complacent in the second set when we were up by a bunch. Give a lot of credit to Westhill though. They didn't give up and continued to play great volleyball," Shepro said. "We just have to play we the same intensity every point. Momentum is very important."
Westhill held a 24-23 lead, but with an opportunity to serve for the set Staples answered the bell and defended excellently, forcing the tiebreaker.
In the subsequent tiebreaker, Staples scored two consecutive points, the last of which came as a result of a shot that went agonizingly wide, contrary to the opinion of the home support.
Shepro knows the season is young, but goals are very high at Staples this year and nothing has occurred so far
"We've been waiting for this season to start for a long time and we really don't expect it to end for a long time," Shepro said. "We always have the highest goals for ourselves every season and this season is no different. We just might be in a better position to achieve our goals this year."
Next up for the Lady Wreckers is a trip to Norwalk to take on Brien McMahon today at 4 p.m. They host Danbury Monday at 4 p.m. and Bridgeport Central next Wednesday at 3 p.m.