Unbeaten Trumbull playing well across the court

Trumbull boys volleyball is perfect through four matches this season.

Trumbull boys volleyball is perfect through four matches this season.

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Trumbull coach Nicole Trommelen’s boys’ volleyball team has won four straight decisions without giving up a set.

“We have height in the middle, which is good because it is something that you can’t teach,” Trommelen said. “Our guys have spent the offseason doing volleyball-related training so that helped us start further forward than we have in years past.”

Trumbull graduated senior setter Anthony O’Sullivan, hitter Sage Gatling, now playing at LIU-Brooklyn, libero Hank Carlson, and senior captain Brendan Maguire.

“Seven seniors played as part of the rotation,” Trommelen said. “This team’s work in the offseason has made the transition less difficult than usual. Our serve receive has looked good.”

Brennan Cutter and Kieran O’Sullivan will play middle. On the outside are junior Austin Ashby and senior Sean Ferris. Junior Carson Brunone is setter.

“Brennan Cutter has moved from the right side to the middle. He is a lefty. We are excited for the opportunities that gives us,” Trommelen said. “Kieran O’Sullivan can throw the block off with his style of hitting. Ben Leeds played played wherever we needed him as a junior, whether it was as a hitter, a service specialist, or defense. I’m happy he has found a spot on the right side.”

Matt Cherfane is libero.

“He subbed in during state semifinals with Darien when we were struggling with serve receive,” Trommelen said of the junior. “Matt stepped in cool and collected and was able to help us out. That wasn’t an easy spot for him. He showed poise and worked hard in the offseason. We have another defensive specialist with Derek Plonski, who can also play front row if we need it. Dylan Tracy is a senior who can come in as a service specialist.”

Cutter (11 kills), Leeds (7 kills, 7 digs, 4 aces) and Brunone (34 assists, 5 digs, 6 aces) led Trumbull past St. Joseph 25-7, 25-14, 25-7. Cherfane added nine digs while Ashby had eight kills. Ashby (9 kills, 5 digs, 2 aces), Cherfane (7 digs, 4 aces), O'Sullivan (4 kills) and Leeds (5 kills, 4 aces, 4 digs) led the way to a 3-0 win over Amity.

“We only have three seniors and all play a role,” Trommelen said. “Our biggest class is juniors. We are looking at two years of having a core group on court. We want to compete at the highest level we can. Last year we made it to the state semifinals. We got a taste of competing with the best. Last year we were a game short of FCIAC and state finals. Those are goals, knowing that there are great league teams fighting with us.”

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