Lady Wreckers spike St. Joe's
"I think that was one of the best games we've played this season," Staples girls volleyball coach, John Shepro said.
Staples shut down the St. Joseph Lady Cadets 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-16) at home Wednesday and raised its record to 13-1. The Lady Wreckers remain in second place in the FCIAC, and their only loss this year was to undefeated Darien. St. Joseph dropped to 5-9.
"St. Joseph is a good program. It's always nice to get a big win against them," Shepro said.
Despite senior captain Joosje Grevers being out for the game with a back injury, the Lady Wreckers dominated at the net with junior Jen Dimitrief filling in for Grevers. Dimitrief, who isn't a regular in the rotation, proved she can play in coming up with 11 kills on 13 attempts.
"I feel like everything finally clicked and I'm happy it could all come together when we really needed it to," Dimitrief said. "It feels incredible."
Grevers warmed up with the team and according to Shepro, she could have played. However, he feels it wasn't worth the risk to have her play with the team's most important matches coming up (at Ridgefield Monday and at New Canaan next Wednesday), he decided to give her the day off. She will likely return for today's match against Norwalk.
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"It's all really exciting," senior captain Kenzie Roof--who had 9 digs on the night--said. "I love how we're all so close and I love that I get to be a leader of something like this."
This win proves that the Lady Wreckers have depth and that the program is strong.
"It's good to know we don't need all our starters to win. All of our bench players played extremely well and it all came together," Roof said.
Shepro was in agreement with his captain. "It's nice to see girls who show what they've got in practice really show what they can do on the court in games," Shepro said. "Jen played fantastic. Cheyenne Haslett played great. Katie Platt was unbelievable."
Even with a 13-1 record, the Lady Wreckers can't lessen their performance on the court with just four games left before the postseason.
"Our two toughest games of the season are on Monday at Ridgefield and Wednesday at New Canaan. Currently we're in the two spot but we need to win those two games to stay there," Shepro said.
With so little time until the playoff season, all the Lady Wreckers can do is look forward to some tough matches next week to close out the regular season and in both the FCIAC and Class LL tournaments.
"Ridgefield and New Canaan will be tough. But the real focus is on Darien," Roof said. " Darien is in both of our playoffs, since they moved up to LL this year. I hope we play them again because we have gotten so much better."
Shepro said, "We're having one of the best seasons in Staples history, and I hope the school recognizes that. Nothing picks the girls up more than a big crowd. I hope to see some of the student body near the end of the season and in the playoffs."