Darien stuns top-seeded Southington, reaches first LL final in four years

Darien captain Cristina Escajadillo (14, center) and Hassana Arbubakrr (12) are all smiles while listening to head coach Laurie Larusso after the Wave defeated Southington 3-2 in the CIAC Class LL semifinals at Shelton Wednesday. — H John Voorhees III/Hearst Connecticut Media photo

SHELTON — The Darien volleyball program has such a long history of success that three years without a trip to the state final can seem like an eternity.

So make no mistake about it, this group of Blue Wave players is ecstatic to be going back to a championship game.

Darien and Southington played a five-set barn-burner with the Wave pulling out a 3-2 victory in the CIAC Class LL semifinals Wednesday night in Shelton. Darien won by scores of 27-29, 26-24, 25-23, 19-25, and 15-12.

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