Communication key to success, having fun

“Getting all six players on the court to communicate is the key for us,” Trumbull High boys volleyball coach Tamara DeBerry said after her team lost to Fairfield Warde/Ludlowe on the road Monday night.

“When you communicate, you play better, and when you play better you have fun, and that brings the level of play up.”

The Eagles (2-7) had fun in the third game of their 3-0 loss to Fairfield (8-1).

The Mustangs put together a run of 10-0 to start game one, and had runs of 6-0 and 9-0 to take control early in game two.

During these stretches, Trumbull couldn’t put the pass/set/hit combination in sequence to challenge the Fairfield defense. One or more would be missing.

A switch went off midway through game three, and the Eagles showed off their potential. Trumbull had played better and extended more points, but Fairfield led 16-2 when senior captains Josh Turner, Kevin DuRivage and Zach Yellen began to play inspired volleyball. In doing so, their teammates jumped on board.

Turner got serve back at 16-3 and the senior saw freshman Sneihil Mahajan pass to junior Brian Mego, who set the sophomore Yellen for a blazing kill.

The Eagles added a point and then traded sideouts, with senior libero John Caraballo making a great pass to Yellen.

DuRivage was next to break the kill zone with a wicked hit to the middle.

The mini 5-2 run was complete when junior Brett Cousins found an opening.

Fairfield steered itself into clearer waters with two more points before Cousins earned another sideout.

Yellen stepped to the service stripe and the Eagles ran off eight straight points, most coming on long rallies that tested their overall game.

Senior Dimitri Toromanides had three good passes during the run, with Yellen setting Cousins, DuRivage and Turner for multiple winners.

Trumbull closed within 21-16 before Fairfield got serve back and ran out a 25-16 victory to complete the 25-7, 25-10 sweep.

Coach Garrett Covino’s Mustangs are built to succeed and a tough barometer for any fledging team.

“They are the best team I’ve seen by far at keeping their heads in the game for every point,” DeBerry said. “That goes with experience, but also everyone accepting the challenge.

“We are young in the sense we lack experience. Josh Turner is only in his second year playing the middle, Kevin DuRivage is a transfer, and our setter Zach Yellen is a sophomore.

“We’re looking to continue to improve our chemistry on the court.”

Toward that end, Trumbull will be counting on seniors Joey Kryszczynski and Alex Diaz, juniors Matt Angelo, Max Martel and Lucas Ferreira and sophomore Matt Douglass.

Trumbull lost 3-0 to Danbury High on April 22.

Yellen had 12 assists and five assists against the Hatters (3-4, 3-3 FCIAC).

DuRivage had 16 digs and 10 kills and Turner had six kills and two blocks in the 25-18, 25-19 25-13 match.

Trumbull will host St. Joseph Monday at 4 p.m.