Darien rallies to top Trumbull for berth in Class L state boys volleyball final

Darien will be headed to the Class L final. Leading the Blue Wave (front row) were Griffith Crouse and Isaac McMullin; (second row) John Zarek Swetye, Frank Pinone, Trevor Herget, Luke Bradbury and Lucas Smith.

Darien will be headed to the Class L final. Leading the Blue Wave (front row) were Griffith Crouse and Isaac McMullin; (second row) John Zarek Swetye, Frank Pinone, Trevor Herget, Luke Bradbury and Lucas Smith.

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SHELTON - Things were tracking in the right direction at the Class L boys’ volleyball tournament semifinals.

No. 2 Enfield had handled No. 6 Glastonbury 3-0 in the first match of twin bill on Tuesday.

No. 1 Darien comfortably took the first set with FCIAC rival Trumbull.

Then the fourth-seeded Eagles did the unlikely. They won the second set 25-22. Happens all the time. Not to Darien. The unbeaten Blue Wave had dropped two sets all season, both to New Canaan in 3-1 wins.

Darien rallied back from a 6-1 deficit in the third set to win 25-19. Coach Laurie Larusso’s club held off the Eagles 25-18 in the fourth set.

No. 1 seed Darien (19-0) will play No. 2 seed Enfield (18-1) for the title on Thursday at 6 p.m. at Xavier High.

“It was a little rough at first. Trumbull is a great team, but we stayed together,” Darien’s Luke Bradbury said. “It was great competition. John (Zarek Swetye) gave us great sets and that saved us.”

Swetye had 41 assists. The senior found Trevor Herget (19 kills) and Bradbury (15 kills) off passes from Isaac McMullin (11 digs).

Trumbull (16-4) was led by Brendan Maguire (10 kills), Anthony O’Sullivan (24 assists), Sage Gatling (9 kills) and Hank Carlson (15 digs).

“One thing you can’t do is say we don’t give it all we have every time we take the court,” Trumbull coach Nicole Trommelen said. “Darien is fabulous. They found a way to make those crazy plays in long rallies. We swung back at them, which was great.”

Trumbull lost to Darien 3-0 in regular season.

CCC opponents match up

Enfield also played a familiar foe in league opponent Glastonbury.

Coach July Joslin’s Eagles never let up against the Guardians (15-4).

Enfield took the first two sets, 25-6, 25-12. Pressed in the third game, Enfield won out 25-17.

Enfield setter Alvey Blier had 37 assists. The senior used all options available to steer Enfield’s hitting attack.

Enfield’s Drew Rancourt (13 kills), Tyler Simmons (8 kills) and John Bellafronte led the outside hitters. Andrew Herron (10 kills) and Fritz-Carly Andre earned points in the middle.

Glastonbury couldn’t find traction with its serve. The Guardians didn’t add a point after stepping to the stripe in the first two sets.

A pair of six-point service runs from Rancourt and Blier extended the lead to 12-3 in the first set. Andre and Simmons put down kills. Bellafronte added a block. It was 23-5 after a Blier ace.

Rancourt’s kill ended the first set.

Game two followed the same trend. An Andre ace led to set point at 24-12.

Herron led the charge for the Eagles in the third set.

Liam Scales was Glastonbury’s most efficient hitter. The senior finished with 10 kills and had help in the third set. Eric-John Rose and Ryan Hoffman used their length to win points at the net. Peter Sposito, Ryan Barcikowski and Charles Tennyson play on defense led to extended rallies.

NET NOTES

Enfield’s last time in the final came in 2013 when it lost to Oxford 3-0 in Class M.

Darien took the Class L crown in 2017. It defeated Enfield 3-1 in Class M final in 2008.

Enfield had topped Glastonbury 3-1 and 3-2 in the regular season.

Coach Tony Sanith’s Guardians reversed things with a shutout victory over the Eagles in the CCC semifinals.

Newington beat Glastonbury 3-0 in the league’s title match. No. 2 Newington (19-2) will play No. 1 Barlow (18-0) for the Class M crown.

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