Spikers build on winning ways

The constantly improving Trumbull High girls volleyball team ran its winning streak to six games with a 3-1 victory over Danbury High on Friday to delay the Hatters hopes of securing a berth in the upcoming FCIAC playoffs, which gets under way at the higher seeded team’s gym on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

The Golden Eagles, who lead the FCIAC’s Western Division over Greenwich, brought their record to 11-4 and are presently the four-seed for the conference tournament.

After taking the first set, 25-19, Trumbull dropped the second set, 27-25, before rebounding with victories in the third and fourth sets by 25-11 and 25-18 scores.

“I have so much trust in my players,” Trumbull coach Tamara DeBerry said. “So much of this game is mental. You have your highs and your lows. It was important today that we bounced back after that second set loss.

“I always tell my players that after a loss, you’ve got to try and hold your opponent to 10 points or less. We came close in that third game.”

Trailing, 16-15, in the first game, the Eagles put together a 10-3 run for the win, then, after taking a 24-21 lead in game two, they couldn’t hold off the Hatters, who drew even at 24-24 on a kill by junior Karyssa Miguel and again, at 25-25, on a point by Molly Wakeman.

Danbury scored the next two points, including the set winner, on another kill by Miguel, who finished with a team-high nine for the match.

“I thought that we played them tough today, but we broke down at certain times,” said Danbury coach John MacMillan, whose team left town with a 9-6 record.

“They’re a tough team to cover at the net because they can score points through the middle and to the outsides. They kept us busy all game.”

Trumbull jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the third game and gradually pulled away, as the Eagles maintained 12 and 13-point margins before winning by 14.

“That was the key set for us,” said senior captain Cristy Halls, who wound up with 10 kills, 15 digs and 18 service points. “This year’s team has bonded well and our confidence level is high.

“We kept getting more and more momentum in that third game and it carried over into the fourth game.”

After falling behind in game four, the Eagles came back and took the final lead on a kill from Kylie Moser, who led the team with 14.

She then ran off eight straight service points to open up a 19-9 lead before Trumbull won by seven.

Along with her 14 kills, Moser had 15 digs and 26 service points.

Trumbull also received a 13-kill, two-block, eight-dig and 14 service point night from Mary Perrino.

Caitlyn Longwell had 18 assists, seven digs and 11 service points.

The team put together a five-game winning streak from Sept. 21 through Oct. 5.

Trumbull’s losses have come to Darien, Fairfield Ludlowe, Fairfield Warde and Stamford. Darien, Ludlowe and Stamford are all ranked above the Eagles in the FCIAC.

“We should be able to win all three of our remaining matches [with Bridgeport Central, Bassick and Wilton],” DeBerry said. “That should put us in pretty good shape for both the FCIACs and the state [Class LL] tournaments.

“We were a little confused in game two, but we came right back tonight. Those are the signs that I like to see.”

The Eagles defeated Bridgeport Central, 3-0, on Monday to improve to 12-4.

After the FCIAC quarterfinal round is played, the semifinal round will be played at 5 and 7 p.m. at Fairfield Ludlowe High on Thursday, Nov. 1.

The championship match will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 4 p.m., also at Fairfield Ludlowe.