By Eliot Schickler

eschickler@bcnnew.com

The Staples girls volleyball team celebrated Senior Day in style Friday with an easy 3-0 (25-7, 25-11, 25-6) home victory over Norwalk.

"I think we played great," Staples coach Jon Shepro said. "It's great for the seniors to get playing time and to step up their game on their night."

With the win, the Lady Wreckers raised their record to 14-1 and enter their next two games on a high. Moreover, Staples will need to enter their next two games on a good note because they are facing two of the tougher teams of the FCIAC on the road, Ridgefield Monday and New Canaan on Wednesday. Ridgefield (13-2) and New Canaan (12-3) are both undefeated at home and the Lady Wreckers need to win them both to guarantee themselves second place in the FCIAC. Norwalk dropped to 3-12.

"I think we're playing very, very well," Shepro said. "We're going in on a high. If we get good passing, there's no stopping us. We know they are big games and it would help us if we come into them on a good note."

Against the Lady Bears, Staples was precise with its play, starting with its serving. The Lady Wreckers only trailed twice the entire match, 1-0 both times to start the second and third games. Norwalk took the lead on a Staples error in the second game and an improbable reverse kill by junior Corinne Bonaddio.

Except for those moments, Staples dominated. Senior captain Kenzie Roof (15 service points, seven aces, four kills, one dig) gave the Lady Wreckers an 8-1 lead with six straight service points in the first game and established supremacy in third game with six straight points, three aces, in giving Staples a 7-1 lead.

"I had to be very focused, and I made sure I got it in," Roof said.

Also serving well all match for the Lady Wreckers was senior Dani Kosinski (16 service points, four aces, one dig). Kosinski inched Staples closer towards slamming the door shut in the first game with five straight points to make it 21-6 and set the tone in the second game with nine straight points, three aces, to make it 10-1.

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"I know serving is the one thing you can control and I tried to serve it as hard as possible," Kosinski said.

Kosinski (26 assists) also deftly set up her hitters, especially 6-0 senior middle hitters Joosje Grevers (six kills, three service points, one ace, one dig, one block) and Augustine Gradoux-Matt (six kills, half a block) and outside hitter senior captain Anna Link (six kills, one dig, 13 service points, two aces).

"We were so fired up today and knew we had to play our best because everyone counted on it," Kosinski said. "The passing was perfect and we did what we were supposed to do."

Grevers, a captain, had a kill off a return to tie it 1-1 in the second game. The right-handed Link had the kill of the night when she delivered a kill with her left hand to make it 16-4 in the second game when senior Jessica Coelho (five service points, two aces, one kill).

"It wasn't on purpose," Link said. "We tried to run a different play and I wasn't where I was supposed to be. You have to work with what you get."

Juniors Jen Dimitrief (two kills, one dig) and Lily Rappaport (one dig) also contributed on Senior Night. Senior Amanda Pacilio (three service points) has been strong defensively as a libero all year and closed the match with a service point.

"It was Senior Day and I wanted to have fun," Roof said.

Mission accomplished for Roof and her teammates.

"We played really well tonight, and I think it will help us," Link said. "I hope it carries over into Ridgefield and New Canaan. We'll need it because they are two very good teams."