Staples boys volleyball sweeps Central
The Staples High boys volleyball team will face a few of its toughest competitors next week, including unbeaten Ridgefield on Monday.
But first, the Wreckers took apart Bridgeport Central.
The Wreckers followed up a commanding 15-point win in their first game on Wednesday by sweeping Bridgeport Central 3-0 (25-10, 25-20, 25-15) on the road.
Winners of 12 straight in the FCIAC, Staples improved to 12-1 overall. Central dropped to 1-13.
"They did what they were supposed to do against a team like Central," coach Jon Shepro said.
Staples had 10 aces and 37 kills, including a match-high 10 kills by middle hitter Todd Goldstein. Shepro praised both Goldstein and middle hitter Lucas Grevers (four kills, two digs), noting that the duo poses problems for opponents.
"It's nice when you have two middles that can really generate offense," Shepro said. "There's very little that a defense can do. ... It presents a lot of problems for the opposing team."
Shepro called Hlawitschka a "great leader" for his impact both on and off the stat sheet.
"When he's on the floor, we look to Harry," Shepro said, adding, "Our energy feeds off Harry. Not only is he a great setter, but he generates a lot of energy."
With four matches remaining in the regular season, the Wreckers are just one of two FCIAC teams left with a perfect conference record (12-0). Ridgefield, at 13-0 overall (12-0 FCIAC), is the other.
"I think Staples volleyball has established a reputation as one of the top teams in the FCIAC and the state. I don't know if you expect to be undefeated in the FCIAC, but they certainly work hard enough," Shepro said of his team.
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STAPLES 3, BRIDGEPORT CENTRAL 0
STAPLES 25 25 25 -- 3
CENTRAL 10 20 15 -- 0
Records: Staples 12-1; Central 1-13.
Highlights: Todd Goldstein had 10 kills and three digs. Ryan Petersen had eight kills and nine digs. Lucas Grevers had four kills and two digs.