Trumbull defeats Masuk in boys volleyball

The Trumbull High and Masuk of Monroe boys volleyball teams squared off on Thursday night in the regular-season finale for both teams.

Down one set, the Eagles rebounded for a 3-1 victory, improving their overall record to 10-8 heading into the Class L state tournament

Masuk, 10-9, and priming itself for a South-West Conference play-in game (against Oxford of the Naugatuck Valley League) scheduled for Tuesday, took the opening set, 25-22. The Wolverines are the lone team in the NVL and compete against other SWC opponents during the season.

After the first set defeat, the match turned Trumbull’s way. The Eagles had winning set scores of 25-21, 26-24 and 25-21.

Senior middle-hitter Zack Yellen paced the winners with 16 kills, 19 digs and nine service points, while his brother, Matt, the teams’ setter, had 44 assists, 10 digs and 11 service points.

Also hitting double digits in kills for the Eagles were Jeremiah Caraballo (12) and Jimmy Donahue (11).

Masuk was paced by a 25-kill game from J.J. Williams. Michael Snajder picked up six kills and Kyle Lemos had three service aces.

“The key to our win was how well our outside hitters played tonight,” said Trumbull head coach Tamara DeBerry.

"When we pass the ball as well as we did and our outside hitters do what they do, it really opens up the floor for us.”

Masuk coach John Mercado felt that Trumbull’s defense made the difference.

“We had difficulty at times trying to get the ball by them,” he said. “They were relentless. They had a great deal of desire in that area. It made it hard for us to get any momentum going.”