The Staples girls volleyball team came from behind in the third game to sweep Fairfield Warde 25-12, 25-22, 26-24 in an FCIAC contest on the Mustangs' court.

Warde led 23-18 in game three, but the Lady Wreckers fought back to tie the game at 23.

It may have been the excitement of senior night that got Warde off to a slow start, and that same excitement may have fueled the Mustangs' comeback attempt.

But Warde did start making it a game once they solved Staples outside hitter Alex Massiello, who led the Lady Wreckers with nine kills and eight digs and did most of her offensive damage in the first game.

"We really didn't wake up in the first game, and then we woke up in game two we really started playing," Warde head coach Matt Narwold said. "In game one, Massiello really lit us up. Our block got over there in game two and by game three she really wasn't doing much of anything."

But even a win in its regular season finale wouldn't have guaranteed Warde a spot in the FCIAC playoffs. Warde would have also needed a win and for Westhill and Stamford to finish at 9-9 and then pray that the tiebreakers went to Warde's advantage.

"It would have been nice to get a win on senior night, but now we get a little bit of a break and we look forward to playing in the states," Narwold said.

Angie Walker led the Mustangs with nine kills and two blocks, Kelsey Elmendorf had eight service points, four kills and three blocks and Christina Fatse had eight assists, five kills and two aces.

Warde will scrimmage two schools next week before the Class L tournament begins.

Staples raised its record to 12-5 and closes out its regular season today against Greenwich.

"That was a good performance all around," Staples head coach Jonathan Shepro said. "We kept putting the ball up and didn't have too many hitting errors."

Joosje Grevers had eight kills and four blocks for Staples, and Anna Link had 10 digs and Lucy Stanley had 22 assists.

Shepro added that Warde's defense did a good job neutralizing his outside hitters.

"They kept digging our hits," Shepro said. "Warde kept getting to it and made some great passes off the ball. It was nice to see us keep pushing back at them."

No matter what happens in the FCIAC today, it appears Staples is locked in as the six seed and will face Ludlowe, which seems to be a lock as the three seed, in the opening round of the FCIAC playoffs on Tuesday.

Ludlowe defeated Staples 3-0 two weeks ago at Ludlowe, which is where the playoff game would be played Tuesday.

"I don't know if we gave it our best effort that night, they are definitely going to see a different team if we face them in the FCIACs," Shepro said. "But first we have to get by Greenwich."