Darien boys volleyball team sweeps Greenwich
It was tough to tell who won and who lost after Darien swept Greenwich 3-0 in boys volleyball Tuesday.
The Blue Wave won 27-25, 25-22 and 25-16 but the players left the court not fully pleased with their performance, feeling it did not meet the standards set by the program over the years.
"It was a little too close for comfort, actually," Darien captain Matt Lee said. "I have to hand it to Greenwich, they are a great squad and they are very scrappy, they are all over the place."
Lee led the way for the Wave with 32 assists, seven service points, two blocks and two kills.
For Greenwich Chudy had eight kills, Aiden Rafferty had seven kills and Patrick Harrahan finished with 19 assists.
The Cardinals led 22-18 in the first game and seemed on the verge of taking the game until Darien rallied to win 27-25.
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The opportunity was one the young Cardinals could not let slip away against an experienced Darien side.
"It was just making errors. We came out loud the first two games and we had a shot in there," Greenwich coach Pete Georgiou said. "They were making some errors and helping us out that first game, which is very uncharacteristic of them. It was a really good challenge and a good game."
The second game was back and forth but Darien took the lead for good when Sean Lee took over serving with the game tied 18-18 and Darien rattled off three straight points to take control.
"Coach called a few timeouts and let us collect ourselves," Matt Lee said. "It was our hitting. We were hitting into the block, we were hitting out of bounds and we were trying to go for it all in one kill and that wasn't going got do it."
The Wave tightened up their defense in he third and controlled the action throughout.
The stepped-up defense was something Darien had been hoping for all afternoon before finally getting it in the third.
"We try to pride ourselves as defensive team," Matt Lee said. "Unfortunately that was lacking early on but once we pulled it together it made things easier."