The only high school spring sport not to have its preseason practice schedule decimated by the weather was boys volleyball.

And the results of an uninterrupted preseason were on display Wednesday as the New Canaan High School boys volleyball team handed Staples its first loss of the season, 19-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-20 before a boisterous partisan crowd at the Rams gym.

"The boys work very hard each day in practice. They have committed to putting the work in to get better every day," said New Canaan coach Todd Kress as his Rams improved to 5-1 on the season. "The work is how you accomplish your goals."

Staples (5-1) did win the opening game, 25-19. The Wreckers rallied from an early 7-1 deficit to forge an 11-11 deadlock then take control at 16-12 and 21-15.

However, New Canaan was able to jump out to early leads in Games 2 and 4 to post the victory.

"We didn't get organized at the start of games. Volleyball is such a momentum sport and we were chasing New Canaan most of the afternoon," Staples coach Dan Cho said. "Mistakes cost us today."

New Canaan is an upperclassmen dominated squad, boasting six seniors and four juniors . The Rams were led by their big hitters, senior captains Tyler Edwards and Mikhail Dayton.

"We served and passed well," Kress said. "Staples has two really good hitters in the middle. So our plan was to hit aggressively and try to keep the ball to the outside."

In Game 2, New Canaan grabbed leads of 7-1, 12-4 and 17-6. Staples got as close as 20-13 before New Canaan eventually tied the match with a 25-16 triumph.

In Game 3, New Canaan used a 6-0 surge to build a 13-6 edge. Staples fought back to 20-15 before the serving of Jake Donaldson propelled the Rams to a 25-17 win and a 2-1 lead in the match.

In Game 4, New Canaan led 11-10 before the service of Dayton extended it to 15-10. It was 19-16 when Donaldson provided three more service points for 22-16.

Staples -- which entered having won 23 of its last 24 matches dating back to 2014 -- fought back to 22-19 but a pair of point reversal calls by the referees helped New Canaan to close out the match at 25-20.

"It was one of those days," Staples' Cho said. "New Canaan played a great match. They outpassed us, outhit us and outserved us."

Leading the way for Staples was Jared Himmel (two service aces, seven kills, three digs) and senior Spencer Gabor (10 kills).

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New Canaan 3, Staples 1

STAPLES 25 16 17 20 --1

NEW CANAAN 19 25 25 25 --3

Records: Staples 5-1, 4-1 FCIAC; New Canaan 5-1.

Highlights: S -- Jared Himmel two aces, seven kills, three digs. Spencer Gabor 10 kills.