Boys volleyball: Trumbull rallies back to defeat Greenwich, 3-2

Trumbull's Casey Coughlin delivers a spike during its match with Greenwich. — Andy Hutchison photo
Trumbull's Casey Coughlin delivers a spike during its match with Greenwich. — Andy Hutchison photo

Trailing two games to one, and trying to put the skids on a three-match losing streak, the Trumbull High’s boys volleyball team climbed back to avoid being upset by visiting Greenwich on Friday, posing a 3-2 (25-22, 15-25, 18-25, 25-20, 15-13) win.

The Eagles improved to 8-7 and Greenwich fell to 2-9.

Trumbull coach Tamara DeBerry said pulling out the win was a relief. The Eagles had beaten the Cardinals in three games earlier this campaign.

“I thought the teams were matched up evenly,” said DeBerry, adding that the Cardinals were without outside hitter Michael Gray, who played a key role in keeping the Cards in the rematch, in the first meeting.

Greenwich moved the ball well and got to many of Trumbull’s hits to keep volleys going.

“They were everywhere,” DeBerry said. “We couldn’t tip to them. They were on every tip, we had to hit to win.”

In game four and on the brink of defeat, the Eagles fell behind 14-8 before scoring three straight points, capped by an Anthony Montagnese ace. The teams went back and forth until the Eagles drew even at 17 apiece on Casey Coughlin’s block/kill at the net. Another Coughlin block couldn’t be returned and the Eagles went ahead on the next point.

Jimmy Donahue’s ace broke a 19-all tie and gave the Eagles the game four lead for good. John Brindisi’s save led to Jeremiah Caraballo’s kill, and Matt Yellen’s diving dig turned into a point when the ball landed in open space on Greenwich’s side for a 22-19 lead. A pair of Caraballo kills sandwiched an errant Greenwich spike for Trumbull’s final three points of the game.

Greenwich’s Gray and Alessandro Perrier had kills to help the Cardinals seize an 8-5 lead in the decisive fifth game. The Eagles hung close, as Yellen had a diving save that led to a Will DeFusco put-away and Brindisi’s dig led to Caraballo’s cross-court kill — both points closing the deficit to a point.

Down 10-8 and 11-9, the Eagles twice rallied behind Justyn Schueler’s soft-touch kill and a spike.

A soft kill by Donahue, just behind Greenwich’s front row, finally got the Eagles even at 11-11. Consecutive errant Greenwich hits gave the Eagles a 13-11 lead to finish a 4-0 Trumbull run.

The Cardinals trimmed the lead to one on a Marco Garcia kill. The teams traded points and an errant Greenwich return, into the net, closed things out.

Brindisi had 26 digs, Schueler had 15 kills, Yellen compiled 41 assists and 18 digs and Donahue added 15 kills and a trio of assists.

“They kept it together. They played from behind the entire match,” DeBerry said of her players.