Trumbull boys challenge, fall to Darien volleyball in semis

Things were tracking in the right direction at the Class L boys’ volleyball tournament semifinals.

No. 1 Darien comfortably took the first set with FCIAC rival Trumbull.

Then the fourth-seeded Eagles did the unlikely. They won the second set 25-22. Happens all the time. Not to Darien. The unbeaten Blue Wave had dropped two sets all season, both to New Canaan in 3-1 wins.

Darien rallied back from a 6-1 deficit in the third set to win 25-19. Coach Laurie Larusso’s club held off the Eagles 25-18 in the fourth set. The Blue Wave (20-0) defeated Enfield 3-1 for the state title. Enfield finished 18-2.

Trumbull (16-4) was led by Brendan Maguire (10 kills), Anthony O’Sullivan (24 assists), Sage Gatling (9 kills) and Hank Carlson (15 digs).

“One thing you can’t do is say we don’t give it all we have every time we take the court,” Trumbull coach Nicole Trommelen said. “Darien is fabulous. They found a way to make those crazy plays in long rallies. We swung back at them, which was great.”

Darien hitter Luke Bradbury said, “It was a little rough at first. Trumbull is a great team, but we stayed together. It was great competition. John (Zarek Swetye) gave us great sets and that saved us.”

Swetye had 41 assists. The senior found Trevor Herget (19 kills) and Bradbury (15 kills) off passes from Isaac McMullin (11 digs).

Trumbull lost to Darien 3-0 in regular season. Twitter: @blox354