St. Joseph paid a visit to the Trumbull High gymnasium on Thursday night for a non-conference girls volleyball match and left with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-21, 25-19) victory.
“I liked our athleticism, and our play in the middle today was phenomenal,” St. Joseph head coach Jeff Babineau said after his team improved to 2-0. “I thought we controlled the net.”
The Cadets steamrolled to their win in the first set helped by the Eagles, who committed 10 of their 16 service errors in the match.
“We’ll be working on our service and our hitting,” Trumbull head coach Tamara DeBerry said after her club dipped to 2-1. “We just had too many service errors.”
Jackie Jozefick showed she has more to fear than her hitting, as the senior stepped to the service stripe at the end of the first rotation and put together a four-point run, including a pair of aces.
As game one went on, so did the rallies, as the respective defenses shined. The Cadets were led by Susie Vazzano, Kara Kochiss, Melissa Bike and Riann Rooney and the Eagles were paced by Alyssa Breunig, Becca Lubbert and Gabby Decker.
Kochiss took the Cadets to a 21-10 lead with three service points, before Trumbull’s setter Sydney Adams tipped home a winner to earn a side out.
Ellie Dudzinski, who had 14 assists from her setter’s position, served out the 25-12 win.
Liv Borski’s tip over a block attempt gave Trumbull a 2-1 lead in the second set, but the Cadets’ Rooney had a pair of aces to spark a three-point run.
Borski countered with an ace. Bike then went to the stripe and served three winners, before Adams took a pass to the back row from Imani Bell and powered it home.
Four side outs later, Jozefick, who finished with eight kills and four blocks, returned to serve and notched two winners for a 15-7 lead.
Sophia Picarazzi answered with two points for Trumbull, but St. Joseph led 18-11 behind the play of Claire Condron in the middle, who compiled five kills and three blocks.
The Eagles’ Breunig, who had 19 digs, led her team back with three straight aces. After a Cadet timeout, the senior tacked on another unreturnable serve.
Vazzano for St. Joseph and Trumbull’s Lubbert next traded two-point service runs.
Mia Hampford, who had 10 kills and 12 digs, had a side out spike and Picarazzi put one through a block at game point.
But Vazzano, Dudzinski and Jozefick connected for the game-winner at 24-21.
The third set saw St. Joseph keep attacking, while Trumbull’s hitting was long or wide.
The Cadets kept adding to their lead, but Adams’ outstanding tumbling save of a point along the sideline sparked her team.
Picarazzi had a two-point run to make it 14-6 and Breunig and Lubbert had multiple-point stays on the stripe to draw the Eagles closer.
Vazzano had seen enough and pulled the Cadets back on top 20-11. It was 22-13 after a Jozefick block.
Sara Carlson’s sliding dig resulted in a key point for Trumbull, which got as near as 22-17 on a Hampford ace.
Jozefick’s tip to the middle after another stellar pass from Kochiss took it to match point.
Trumbull, again battled, as Carlson spiked home a winner.
A return off the ceiling net gave St. Joseph the decisive point.
“Our service wasn’t flawless, but we did a good job,” Babineau said. “They have a great setter in Sydney Adams, but today we took them out of their system. Another day, it could have been us.”
DeBerry said: “We gave the effort to come back, but overall we weren’t communicating. We worked (in practice) on our defense and coverage against their great middles, but we didn’t execute. We’ll keep working and get better.”