After dropping its first match of the season the day before against perennial FCIAC powerhouse Darien High, the St. Joseph girls volleyball team was even more determined than usual to get back on the court on Oct. 2.

With town rival Trumbull High on the other side of the net, no extra motivation was necessary.

St. Joseph used the frustration of losing to the Blue Wave and turned it into a 3-0 victory over the Eagles during a 25-9, 25-22, 25-10 straight-sets victory at the Vito Montelli Court.

The Cadets are now 11-1 overall while Trumbull remains in the FCIAC playoff hunt at 5-4 overall.

“Our expectations were to play well against Darien, which we did, so the best thing to come out of that was knowing we can compete at that level,” St. Joseph head coach Jeff Babineau said. “I think we came in here hungry today, which is good.”

Senior Maite Gritsko led the Cadets with 10 kills and one block, while senior Lauren Pitney had six kills and 10 service points.

Junior Jackie Jozefick collected eight kills, one block and 12 service points, Claire Condron had four blocks and two kills and junior Ellie Dudzinski had a game-high 23 assists.

St. Joseph’s defense was fantastic in the first set behind the play of Gritsko, Dudzinski, Pitney and junior Susie Vazzano. The ball hardly even touched the floor.

“I think we took all the emotion from yesterday and all of what we learned yesterday and put it into this game,” Gritsko said. “I think it worked out really well.”

It was St. Joseph’s first victory against Trumbull since 2010. The Eagles won the last three meetings, including a 3-1 win last year.

“We had never beaten them,” Gritsko said. “It’s a really good feeling.”

Trumbull had early leads of 6-3 and 9-5 in the second set, but hurt itself with unforced errors, including a number of serves into the net.

St. Joseph got off to leads of 7-3 and 12-4 in the third and deciding match and never looked back, closing it out on a kill by Ashley Sabia.

Junior Alyssa Breunig was easily the best player on the floor for Trumbull, finishing with nine kills and four blocks. Junior Amelia Hampford added five kills while senior Hayley Giblin collected a team-high seven service points.

Eight of Trumbull’s nine matches have ended in straight sets. The Eagles lost seven seniors to graduation last year and six the year before that.

“We’re playing but we have a really young team mentality-wise as well as with experience,” Trumbull head coach Tamara DeBerry said.

“I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished but you can tell they’re not used to the varsity level yet.

“Some of these girls have never seen the court before this year, so it’s going to take some time and patience. But they’re juniors, so I’m looking forward to next year.”

Roundup

Trumbull High girls volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision to Stamford High on Oct. 1.

Sydney Adams had 25 assists and six digs. Hayley Giblin had 10 service points, including four aces, and nine digs. Mia Hampford had eight kills in the 25-18, 25-19, 25-15 loss.

Trumbull defeated Norwalk High in four games, 17-25, 26-24, 25-20, and 25-19, on Oct. 6. The Eagles were led by Sophia Picarazzi (9 kills, 3 digs), Adams (29 assists, 7 digs, 3 kills, 2 blocks, 19 service points, 4 aces) and Rozzie Moran (13 digs, 7 service points).