Trumbull volleyball sweeps Darien in LL first round
TRUMBULL — Two months after Darien’s dominating regular-season win over Trumbull, the Blue Wave and Eagles met again in a first-round Class LL volleyball match.
This time it was the Eagles walking off the court victorious.
Trumbull, seeded 11th, downed No. 22 Darien 3-0 Monday afternoon at Trumbull High.
It was Tamara Deberry’s first victory against the storied Darien program in seven years as Trumbull’s coach.
“I have not beat Darien since I’ve been here at Trumbull, that’s still the volleyball guru,” said Deberry, whose Eagles will go on the road Thursday to play No. 6 Chesire. “Although they’re the not the same Darien they’ve been in the past, that’s still Darien, that’s still (Blue Wave coach) Laurie LaRusso. I didn’t even eat today because I was nervous and I was nervous for my girls. I knew we had to be on top of our game and not give them an inch because if you do, they’ll take it from you.”
That game plan manifested itself early.
Trumbull (15-5) easily took the first game 25-8 and rode that momentum into a 25-17 win in the second game, largely behind Imani Bell and Riley Chase.
Bell, a senior outside hitter, connected on 100 percent of her shots, registering 14 kills in the match, and Chase accounted for an astonishing 21 service points.
Chase’s day was even more impressive as it was her first game action in several weeks. Deberry entrusted her as serving had been an issue for the Eagles throughout the season.
Trumbull never went away, overcoming each deficit and eventually winning the game and the match 27-25 despite being a single point away from a loss on three occasions.
Moving forward in the tournament, Deberry said her team fears no one, a product of both Monday’s win and the conference in which they play.
“I told these girls that they can get to the finals if we really wanted to,” Deberry said. “We’re playing good volleyball and when we’re all on we can be unstoppable. We’re not scared of anybody in the state, we’re in the FCIAC so we feel the toughest teams are there and we’ve been there all year, so we’re ready to take on anybody.”
TRUMBULL 3, DARIEN 0
DARIEN 18 17 25—0
TRUMBULL 25 25 27—3
Records: Darien 9-10; Trumbull 15-5. Highlights: D—Theadora Bolton had four kills and two blocks, Caroline Martzolf contributed five kills, one block and five service points; T—Imani Bell had 14 kills, Liv Borksi had 15 kills, three blocks and 12 digs, Riley Chase chipped in seven assists and 21 service points.