Staples wins third straight; defeats Darien 3-0
Published 7:13 pm, Monday, October 16, 2017
WESTPORT — With the FCIAC tournament looming in the near future, teams want to be playing their best volleyball right now.
Fortunately for coach Jon Shepro, Staples has hit its stride at the perfect time, following the Wreckers’ impressive 3-0 win over Darien on Monday, the team’s third win in a row.
“I think it’s really great,” Shepro said. “We’re really starting to push at the best part of the season. We’ve settled into a lineup that we really like and we’ve settled into some defenses we really like. So it’s really starting to click.”
Staples got out to an early lead in each of the three sets and put the Blue Wave in tough situations to get back into the game, something Shepro said the team has been working hard on doing.
After an early-season winning streak, the past two weeks have not been kind to Darien.
In order to right the ship, the Blue Wave have to bounce back from the slew of recent injuries and figure out the most effective matchups going forward, senior Caroline Martzolf said.
“We have quite a few players injured right now,” she said. “So we’re trying to find a lineup to replace them and we’re just working hard in practice to try and find that lineup that will hopefully have us win a game.”
Senior Amanda Troelstra and junior Isabella Jagenberg led the Wreckers with eight kills each, while senior Vanessa Eng helped to set the tone with five aces.
The big swing in Staples’ season has come from the new approach the team has adopted going into each match, Eng said.
“I think that we’ve stayed away from looking at statistics and everyone else’s records,” she said. “Because anything can happen. It’s just coming into every game as hard as you can and playing together as a team.”
PLAYOFFS AROUND THE CORNER
With the win, Staples improves to 8-4 in the conference and is tied for fifth heading into the FCIAC tournament, while the the loss pushes Darien a full game outside of the eighth and final tournament spot.
BLUE WAVE STRUGGLES
After winning four out of five matches earlier in the season, Darien has lost three straight and four out of the last five matches.
“The goal is to make them call a timeout before we hit 10 points, and we did that twice tonight. We want to come out strong, fast and as hard as possible. ” Staples coach Jon Shepro on his team’s recent strong starts
STAPLES 3, DARIEN 0
DARIEN 14 23 17
STAPLES 25 25 25
Records: Staples 9-5, Darien 6-8. Highlights: S: Amanda Troelstra and Isabella Jagenberg each had eight kills. Mallory Legg had five aces.