Trumbull girls sweep, to play for volleyball title
CHESHIRE — The big question was could Trumbull, and its lights out serving, do again to Glastonbury in the second set what it had done in winning the first set 25-9 of their Class LL state semifinal in Cheshire on Wednesday night.
The answer was a resounding no, followed by a scintilating yes.
No. 8 Trumbull fought off No. 12 Glastonbury in a grueling second set, and went on to advance with a 25-9, 26-24, 25-8 sweep.
The Eagles (19-3) will play for its first state championship when they take on No. 3 Westhill (21-3) on Saturday at 7 p.m. at East Haven.
“Our loss in the FCIAC (to Westhill 3-2 in the semifinals) fueled our run here,” Trumbull coach Nicole Trommelen said. “In that match we were nervous late and today we got back to playing aggressive volleyball and having fun. They really don’t want the season to end. It was an amazing feat; a step in the right direction.”
Glastonbury (16-7) took leads of 13-8 and 21-12 in the second set by keeping No. 8 Trumbull’s stay in service short.
But at gamepoint, the Eagles’ Lindsay Gibbs had one of her seven blocks to earn a sideout at 24-20.
Kat Zanvettor, who had opened the match with a six-point stay at the stripe with two aces, replicated that feat to close out the second game. The bench emptied when her serve closed out the 26-24 victory.
“In the beginning we all lost some energy and that got contagious in the middle of the set,” said Zanvettor, who also served the final three points of the match in game three. “It the end, we brought back that energy that we had all season...Serving, passing, hitting were there.”
Ali Castro had 33 assists, finding Bailey Cenatiempo for 18 kills and Gibbs for 10.
“We lost to them pretty early in the state tourney, so this feels great,” Gibbs said. “My strong suit tonight was my blocking. It (going to the state finals) is the first time in a long time. It will be great.”
Coach Tony Sanith’s Tomahawks did what they had all season in the semifinal.
“This team is extremely resilient,” Sanith said. “This isn’t our talest team, or most physical, but they listen, they adjust and they are the smartest team I’ve coached.”
The Tomahawks’ Claire Bjarno had 9 kills in the second set. Ana Andriyashko (2 aces) and Becca Olshan (16 digs) were on point in serve.
“They were using our block a lot in the second game,” Trommelen said. “For Lindsay to come on late in that set with those two blocks energized the team, the bench and the crowd. The biggest thing with Kat’s serving was to take the momentum back. To not roll over and give them a set was huge for us.”
In game one, after Zanvettor served up a 6-0 lead, Ashleigh Johnson (11 digs) put together a five-point run with an ace. Cenatiempo had eight of her spikes result in points during this stretch. Stephanie Olah had five points in service with two aces to make it 23-9. Natalie Onofreo finished the service rotation with a winner.
Castro had four points in serve to take Trumbull out to a 9-2 lead in the third set. Onofreo added eight consecutive winners with Gibbs putting down two blocks.
Glastonbury won its only state title in 1993 when it defeated Amity, 3-0. The Tomahawks defeated Trumbull, 3-0 in the semifinals. Trumbull has never won a title, losing 3-0 to Cheshire in the 1999 semifinals. Glastonbury, as the 13th seed, knocked out No. 4 seed Trumbull, 3-1, in the second round in 2018. Trumbull had won 14 of its 15 matches coming into the semi, avenging the lone 3-2 loss to Greenwich by knocking off the top seed 3-0 in the quarterfinals. Trumbull didn’t lose a set in its three prior state matches. The Tomahawks defeated Warde, 3-2, in their quarterfinal. Trumbull defeated Westhill, 3-1, in the regular season.
PLAYER OF THE MATCH
Lindsay Gibbs from Trumbull. The senior middle hitter had the seven blocks that were as timely as they were effective. She added 10 kills.
“We got back to playing aggressive volleyball and having fun. They really don’t want the season to end. It was an amazing feat; a step in the right direction.” — Trumbull coach Nicole Trommelen
TRUMBULL 3, GLASTONBURY 0
GLASTONBURY 9 24 8 — 0
TRUMBULL 5 26 25 — 3
Glastonbury: Claire Bjarno 11 kills, 8 digs, Ana Andriyashko 5 kills, 6 digs, 2 aces, Grace Flynn 3 kills, Gwen Ross 16 assists, 5 digs, Emitayo Awofala 4 kills, 3 blocks, 4 digs, Becca Olshan 16 digs. Trumbull: Bailey Centatiempo 18 kills, 7 digs, Ashley Johnson, 11 digs, 2 aces, Kat Zanvettor 3 aces 3 digs, Ali Castro 33 assists, 11 digs, Maeve Hampford 4 kills, 3 blocks, Lindsay Gibbs, 10 kills 7 blocks, Kiley Barbagallo 3 kills, Natalie Onofreo 2 kills, Paige Corsi 2 kills. Records: Glastonbury (16-7); Trumbull (19-3)