Staples volleyball sweeps Greenwich
Published 8:08 pm, Monday, April 20, 2015
WESTPORT--The Staples boys volleyball team is on a mission to defend its FCIAC title, and it appears thus far that the group is well on its way toward being the team to beat again this season.
The Wreckers rolled right along on Monday, comfortably defeating Greenwich 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-11) to improve to 5-0. Dating back to 2014, Staples has won 23 of its last 24 matches and 10 of the last 12 FCIAC championships.
"We're really close as a team and we want to keep the Staples volleyball legacy going," said hitter Chris Delaurentis, who had five kills and three blocks. "We'll do whatever it takes."
"I love the chemistry, these kids have been playing together for a long time," Staples coach Dan Cho said. "They have fun together; they know each other very well and they know their responsibilities on and off the court."
Staples had little trouble getting out to big leads in all three games, though Greenwich kept it close in the first and trailed 11-8. From there the Wreckers got going quickly, claiming 10 of the next 11 points.
"The front of our attack (worked well), the tandem play with the middle going up for the one-ball and the outside cutting around," Delaurentis said. "It threw (Greenwich's) blockers off guard and we had good team chemistry."
The Wreckers got off to a 14-5 lead in the second game as Jonathan Fincher registered several kills to see off the Cardinals. Greenwich (2-3) started off the third game brightly with a 4-3 lead, but Staples reeled off nine straight points and pulled away.
"It felt that they were a little overwhelmed with what they saw and didn't know how to respond to it," Greenwich coach Pete Georgiou said of his team. "There was a lack of communication and a lack of focus."
The Cardinals dropped their first two games to Ridgefield and New Canaan before posting two straight wins. Greenwich faces Fairfield co-op Wednesday in a crucial FCIAC game.
The Wreckers found out last week they could play with anyone in the state after they came home with a 3-1 win over Southington, the team that bounced Staples out of the Class LL tournament a year ago.
"It was a huge boost," Delaurentis said. "We switch off wins and losses with them pretty consistently and for us to come away with a win over them felt great."
And now the Wreckers are set to maintain its status as the team to beat in the league.
"Those boys take the sport seriously; they train in the offseason," Georgiou said of the Wreckers. "They work hard and you can tell from their hitting and communication that they are all on the same page. It's hard to go against that."
Staples 3, Greenwich 0
GREENWICH 12 19 11--0
STAPLES 25 25 25--3
Records: Greenwich 2-3, Staples 5-0. Highlights: S--Jared Himmel had 14 kills and two digs. Jason Bernstein had four aces, 21 assists and two digs.