Staples sweeps Danbury in girls volleyball
WESTPORT — Staples girls volleyball coach Jon Shepro said one of the biggest things his team is emphasizing early in the season is to maintain focus and concentration regardless of who lines up on the other side of the net.
So far, so good.
The Wreckers continued their winning ways at the expense of a scrappy Danbury team. Staples swept the Hatters 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-20) on Monday to move to 4-1 this season with a challenging week ahead.
Staples plays Trumbull on Wednesday and Stamford Friday. There was no danger in overlooking the Hatters, though, as the two played out a five-set thriller to close 2015.
“This was a pretty big game for us because we were coming off a couple of big wins,” said Staples senior Ginny Gerig, who registered 11 of the team’s 21 kills. “Our serving and passing was really good.”
The Wreckers comfortably won the first two games before Danbury almost extended the match with a strong performance in game three.
“We’re starting to have a little more fun and move around more,” Shepro said. “I was pleased with the way we played.”
Shepro singled out outside hitter Vanessa Eng, who had three kills, five aces and five digs for the Wreckers Monday. Eng switched from her more familiar libero role in the offseason to a more offensive one.
“She’s really starting to take to the position,” Shepro said. “We’re starting to see the value in her when she’s not on the floor and the ball hits the floor. She served great today.”
Danbury was most competitive in the final set and went toe-to-toe with the Wreckers until the final ball hit the floor. Danbury trailed 22-20 before a kill by Gerig and a pair of errors sealed the match for Staples.
“I think we played better as the match went on,” said Danbury coach John McMillan. “Overall, I thought we had some pretty good blocks and we were playing better at the end. But too little, too late.”
The Hatters began the season 3-0 before Monday’s test. McMillan said he believed his team is headed in the right direction after competing with the Wreckers. Danbury (3-1) hopes to reach the FCIAC playoffs after missing out in 2015.
“We’re a work in progress,” McMillan said. “We had a nice win last Friday. Coming in her against a top team; it was good to gauge where we are.”
STAPLES 3, DANBURY 0
DANBURY 17 16 20 — 0
STAPLES 25 25 25 — 3
Records: Danbury 3-1, Staples 4-1.
Highlights: D—Zoe Coleman had seven kills and four blocks; Catrina Sullivan had 11 kills. S—Ginny Gerig had 11 kills; Anastasija Perri had 12 assists and four digs.