Lady Wrecker spikers return to winning ways
Updated 12:21 am, Friday, October 7, 2011
After suffering a 3-2 loss to vaunted Darien Monday, the Staples girls volleyball team was determined to make a statement.
Mission accomplished. For the most part, Staples did what it set out to do Wednesday in its 3-1 (25-12, 25-12, 23-25, 25-15) home victory over Wilton. The Lady Wreckers raised their record to 8-1. Wilton dropped to 2-7.
"This is a big game for us," Staples coach Jon Shepro said. "We had to bounce back from the Darien defeat. We played well in the first two games but we let up in the third game. We had to realize every game is a battle."
The Lady Wreckers also missed senior captain Kenzie Roof, who was injured. Roof is a contributor as a hitter and defender, and moreover, she's a strong leader on the floor and was missed by her teammates.
"We had a lot of subs in the game and they stepped up," Shepro said.
Roof supported her teammates from the bench and her teammates were ready to pick up the slack.
"All the girls stepped up and were ready to play," Staples senior captain Joosje Grevers said.
Lady Wrecker senior tri-captain Anna Link said, "The good thing about our team is that everyone can play and are here for a reason. Shepro is able to pull anyone off the bench. Everyone contributed."
Dani Kosinski (35 assists, nine digs, two kills) was a force for Staples as its setter and helped the team win the first two games comfortably.
"Our defense was the key, especially on free balls," Kosinski said. "We made good passes to set up the offense."
Lady Wrecker libero Amanda Pacilio (four digs, one ace) especially did well in the back row and got the ball to Kosinski. Amelia Brackett (six kills, three digs, one block, one ace), Anna Fiolek (four kills, three digs, one assist) and Katie Platt (two digs) also kept the ball in play and put Kosinski in good position to set.
Once Kosinski got the ball, she normally set up Staples' two 6-footers, Grevers and Augustine Gradoux-Matt (seven kills, five assists, one ace).
"We've been working together in practice and it's the second year we worked together," Kosinski said. "Augie and Joosje are different players and I try to set it in a way that they are comfortable hitting it. We work as a unit, which helps."
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Link (six kills, three digs, one ace) made defensive plays but was also a force hitting from the outside.
"We have to be strong in both areas if we want to pull through," Link said. "Dani and I work well together. She gives me good sets and it's easy to put them down."
In the third game, the Lady Warriors took a 22-16 lead before Grevers almost reversed the tide. Grevers (17 kills, eight aces, one dig) served seven straight points, including three aces to give the Lady Wreckers a 23-22 lead.
"It's all about practice and repetition," Grevers said. "I didn't want to miss my serve. I put power behind it and it did its job."
However, Wilton's Dani Miskinis (four kills, one block, 10 digs) ended the rally with a kill and the Lady Warriors scored the next two points to close out the set.
Staples came out stronger in the fourth game and never trailed. Brackett's hit gave the Lady Wreckers an 8-7 lead and they were never tied after that.
"The team started to play like it knows how to play," Shepro said. "Give Wilton credit, they played hard all four games."
Grevers was dominant in the front row in the early part of the final game with five kills.
"The sets were really good and I was able to put the ball away," Grevers said.
Grevers also did it serving and extended the lead to 22-11 with five straight service points, four aces. The match ended on Gradoux-Matt's kill from Kosinski.
"It's all about coming together as a team, one unit," Grevers said. "We feed off each other."