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Sousa a spirited MVP for co-champion Wave

Darien 3, Greenwich 1

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MVP — Riley Sousa: focused intensity, but not always riled. (Darien Times/Steven Buono photo)

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

It took an act of God to be able to call someone other than Darien FCIAC girls volleyball champs this fall.

It happened last night at Ludlowe High in Fairfield, where the Wave took its 11th league title in a row shooting down the Greenwich Cardinals 3-1 to become co-champs.

The someone else is co-champ Ludlowe, because with the league deciding to go with twin-titles due to the Sandy-addled tournament schedule, the Wave will share the conference volleyball Mount Olympus it has long occupied with another for the first time in its reign.

The Falcons fly up to perch beside the Wave as 2012 co-champs downing Stamford 3-0.

Riley Sousa, who has shown more spirit than a mansion-sized haunted house during her career under the net, was named Championship Game MVP.

Darien won 25-16 in the first game, but the scores were reversed and the Wave fell in the second frame.

Then it was clutch play putting the Wave over 25-19 in the third and a blow out of 25-10 in the decider.

Kills — Kelly Kosnik cracked down on 17, and Sousa added 12 as the boards on the floor sighed.

Taylor Cockerill made four kills, Lauren Pryor and Claire Naughton had three apiece, Callan Clasby one.

Clasby and Kathleen Burke scored 12 service points each, Pryor had 11, nine each for Sousa and Kosnik and Cockerill added three.

Burke racked up 34 assists.

Cockerill led with three blocks.

Sousa got into the trenches for 20 digs. Pryor found 14, Kosnik 13, Clasby made 11, Burke 10.

Kosnik received 17 serves, Sousa 14, Clasby 13, Pryor eight.

The top seed Wave (18-0) next plays No. 17 Warde (12-7) in the Class LL second round at states at home 5 p.m. Saturday.

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