"It's been a heck of a season." — Trumbull coach Tamara DeBerry
The Trumbull Eagles girls volleyball season game to an end after falling to Amity High, 3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-21), in the Class LL quarterfinals in Woodbridge on Nov. 8.
“It’s been a heck of a season,” said Trumbull coach Tamara DeBerry. “I had my sights set on at least one more game, but it didn’t fall our way. Amity is a good team.”
Mia Hampford led the 12-seeded Eagles (14-7) with 10 kills, two digs, one block and 10 service points. Sydney Adams added 19 assists and six digs, while senior libero Kristen Peterson had 16 digs and nine service points.
Micaela Cardozo led No. 4 Amity (19-3).
In the first game, Amity jumped out to an 11-1 lead. Alyssa Breunig got Trumbull some momentum with a spike before a combo block from Hampford and Jennifer Hoffman, along with a Hampford kill made it 16-6.
Adams and Hoffman then served aces and Hampford had a kill to make it 19-9. Breunig and Adams added winning spikes down the stretch, but Amity’s early lead was too much for the Eagles to overcome, losing 25-15.
“The momentum was on their side the entire time and they didn’t relinquish that,” DeBerry said. “They kept a tight grip on the momentum and that’s what carried them through three games.”
In the second game, the Eagles started the scoring with spikes from Hampford and Lea Thompson and an ace from Hampford.
A service error, an Amity spike and a net foul got Amity the lead, but Trumbull after a pair of sideouts, got the lead back in what was the first of six lead changes in the set.
Amity retained the lead until a Breunig spike and an ace by Hayley Giblin set up Hampford to get Trumbull the lead again.
Quickly, a Kathleen Walsh spike gave Amity the edge, which they kept until Hampford’s ace and spikes from Adams and Breunig set up a Thompson ace to tie the game at 17.
Amity then reeled off four points to take the lead. Kills from Breunig, Giblin, Hoffman and Sophia Picarazzi got the Eagles within a point at 24-23 but Cardozo’s spike won the second game for Amity 25-23.
Much like the second game, the third was neck-and-neck. The Spartans and Eagles traded the first four points before three consecutive Hampford kills gave Trumbull a 6-4 lead.
Amity put together a 6-1 run to go up 10-7. Then a Haley Pierson kill and Jenna Pisano started an Amity rally that put the Spartans up 13-11.
The Eagles answered with a Hampford spike, a combo block from Adams and Breunig and a spike to make it 14-13.
Two serves later, a Breunig block make it 15-14, the last lead Trumbull would have.
Amity scored eight of the next 10 points to take it a 23-17 lead. A Picarazzi spike, a Spartan service error and Hampford spike gave Trumbull some momentum trailing 23-20, but kills from Pierson and Walsh sealed the 25-21 victory for Amity, which lost to defending champion Cheshire High, 3-2, in the semifinals.