BOYS VOLLEYBALL

In a spring season when Darien’s cleaning up the trophies, fittingly, Wave boys’ volleyball got out the golden broom.

We all did specific jobs out there today. Everyone passed great and played amazing defense.

— Tim Herget

The Wave swept rival Ridgefield 3-0 for its third league title in a row at Fairfield Ludlowe on Friday.

“We were able to hit very well tonight because we focused on passing and kept balls up on defense,” said Darien senior captain Tim Herget. “Tyler’s (Herget) sets were very on point; helped us hitters so much.”

Darien won 25-18, 25-22, 25-17

“It was so amazing to be able to win the FCIAC title for a third straight year,” Herget said. “Very special.”

For a second straight year Darien high cops a fifth county spring sports title with the completion of the hardwood sweep, with boys golf hot again and with a shot to make it another six-trophy haul.

The Wave improves to 21-1.

“We were very focused today,” said Herget. “We all did specific jobs out there today. Everyone passed great and played amazing defense.”

Darien served up an indigestible dish, even for a ravenous Tiger to devour.

“Serving was on point,” Herget said. “Coach (Laurie LaRusso) says every day, ‘passing and serving wins games.’”

True to the team motto — LaRusso’s forever guiding light — the whole group shared the MVP-ship for the title game.

“We trusted her and focused on that and everything seemed to work out great,” Herget added. “We are very excited for the win, but we know the state tournament is a whole other story.”

Title winners include seniors Alex Preston, Zak Swetye, Spencer Jarecke, Dillon Jones, Sam McMullin, Sean McKay.

Ridgefield is defending Class L state champ and third seed in this year's tournament, with Darien second and Cheshire starting out at the top.

“We know we have to focus on that now,” said Herget. “But definitely great teamwork tonight. Team effort overall.”

Double-bagging the Tigers would be sweet?

“We are very excited for the tournament,” said Herget. “We know we could potentially see them down the road, but we know they will come out with fire and we will have to do the same.”