Keeping it fun leads to winning for Darien volleyball team

Darien’s Hassana Arbubakrr puts down a shot during the Wave’s 3-0 win over the rival Rams in New Canaan on Monday. — Dave Stewart photo Darien volleyball co-captains Cristina Escajadillo, Gabby Highton, and Lindsay Bennett had one main goal in mind as they prepared for the new season: Everyone should be having fun on the … Read more

New Canaan volleyball rallies past McMahon and clinches state bid

New Canaan’s Josie Matyszewski sends a shot back at the Brien McMahon Senators during a volleyball match on Oct. 12. — Dave Stewart photo The New Canaan Rams were trailing 14-4 in the third set of their volleyball match at Brien McMahon when head coach Kevin Marino called a timeout to talk to his team. … Read more

Westhill edges Greenwich to improve to 13-1

GREENWICH — Entering Friday’s match against FCIAC volleyball foe Greenwich, 10 of Westhill’s 12 wins came by the 3-0 variety. Yet the Vikings found themselves embroiled in a five-set thriller against the Cardinals, in what proved to be one of their toughest tests of the season.

And like most of the tests they’ve faced, the Vikings aced it.

Finishing the fifth and deciding set strong, Westhill edged host Greenwich, 3-2, to run its record to a sparkling 14-1.

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New Canaan volleyball takes five-setter from Ludlowe

New Canaan senior co-captain Emma Wheeler keeps the ball alive during a recent match at NCHS. — Dave Stewart photo The New Canaan volleyball team scored its biggest victory to date this season when the Rams edged the Ludlowe Falcons 3-2 Friday at the NCHS gymnasium. New Canaan lost the first set, but rebounded to … Read more

St. Joseph volleyball tops Westhill in 5-set war

STAMFORD—The atmosphere was electric. The level of play between a pair of FCIAC division leaders was enthralling.

The final outcome was educational.

The St. Joseph High School girls volleyball team displayed their poise and big-game experience Wednesday night as the Cadets fought back to defeat Westhill High, 24-26, 25-19, 17-25, 27-25, 15-5 at the Vikings’ J. Walter Kennedy Athletic complex.

“I told the girls during Game 4 that this was an opportunity to be a character builder. And our great athletes came out,” said St. Joseph’s veteran coach Jeff Babineau. “The atmosphere with the big crowd was almost like a state final. Our experience and our composure were the biggest things I was happiest to see. We controlled what we needed to control.”

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Westhill volleyball stays perfect at 10-0

STAMFORD—Perfection should always be savored. Especially five weeks into a high school season.

The Westhill High School girls volleyball team continued their season to remember Monday as the Vikings swept intracity rival Trinity Catholic, 25-13, 25-19, 25-19 at historic Walsh Court.

The victory improved Westhill to 10-0 overall and 6-0 in the FCIAC.

“Being 10-0 is great,” said Westhill senior Nikki Newcomer. “It’s been amazing so far. It’s nice that all the hard work we’re doing in practice each day is paying off. We want success this year so badly.”

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Darien volleyball sweeps McMahon

DARIEN—Good serving made it a good afternoon at the office for the Darien High School girls volleyball team as the Blue Wave rolled to a 25-12, 25-7, 25-13 home triumph over McMahon High Wednesday.

For Darien (4-3, 3-2 FCIAC), it was its second straight win following tough five-set losses to Trumbull and Greenwich.

“Those five-set matches made us focus on working harder to finish games better,” said Darien High senior tri-captain Lindsay Bennett. “Consistency and accuracy on our serving. We saw today how those factors will help us tremendously the rest of the season.”

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Ludlowe volleyball holds off Stamford in 5 to stay unbeaten

STAMFORD—In FCIAC Girls Volleyball, five-game thrillers are no surprise.

Battling to the bitter end speaks to the league’s high standing in the state as well as to the balance of many of the teams.

Ludlowe High and Stamford High had such a duel Friday at SHS’ Paul Kuczo Gym.

And the statement after the final point was crystal clear. Beware of Ludlowe. Be very aware.

The Falcons posted a 22-25, 25-15, 25-14, 22-25, 15-8 road victory to remain unbeaten this season. Ludlowe (5-0, 4-0 FCIAC) are atop the FCIAC East Division.

“We were a young team last year. We are still a young team,” said Ludlowe’s veteran coach Meghan Skelton. “But the core of this 2018 squad are returnees.”

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A (very) early look at the FCIAC fall sports standings

The FCIAC fall sports season is in full swing and there’s not time like the present to take a gander at the standings to see who’s started out hot. Click the links below to go to our standings pages, which are updated through the weekend’s events. Football Boys Soccer Girls Soccer Field Hockey Volleyball Boys … Read more