During Trumbull High’s 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-13) loss to host Newtown on Thursday night, the Eagles showed plenty of fight. 

“I like the way we competed,” Trumbull coach Nicole Trommelen said after her team’s defeat to last year’s South-West Conference champions/state tourney runners-up. 

“I think we did a good job. We didn’t just let the ball hit the ground. We forced them to earn their points in spots,” Trommelen said. 

Joe DeFusco logged 12 digs, four kills and an ace. 

Maverick Grillo had six kills, seven digs and a block. 

Damian Raptopoulos recorded 14 assists along with four digs and a kill for the Eagles, who fell to 4-3. 

Newtown stayed unbeaten at 9-0. 

Trommelen was particularly pleased with the way Grillo and Hank Carlson played, as well as with the efforts of middle hitters Andrew Cutter and Dylan Palinkas, and outside hitters Rashil Shan and Raptopoulos. 

“Our front line did a good job of getting in their hitter’s faces and getting a lot of touches,” she said. “I thought our serve-receive was very good today.” 

After dropping the first set, the Eagles fell behind in set two. They were within 17-14 thanks to a block by Palinkas block at the net, before the Nighthawks closed out the middle game on an 8-3 run. 

In game three, a strong serve by DeFusco led to a point and pulled Trumbull to within four at 11-7. The Nighthawks then reeled off 10 unanswered points to seize control. 

Newtown and Trumbull have not faced each other in recent seasons, but Newtown coach Sandy Doski anticipated a challenging matchup. 

“They’re usually a strong team and they have some good hitters. They have big blockers. I just think we came out a little bit stronger,” Doski said. 

Robbie Morrill compiled 15 kills, five digs and seven service points for Newtown. Robert DiSibio had eight kills and four blocks. Eric Moore had 13 assists, nine digs and eight service points. Ardi Kodzodziku logged seven digs, seven kills and seven service points.