Darien volleyball spikes Glastonbury 3-1 in Class LL quarterfinals
Heading into this year’s CIAC Class LL volleyball tournament, the Darien Blue Wave hadn’t won a state playoff match in three years. Now, the Wave is one of the final four teams still standing.
The Wave kept its bid for a state championship alive with a 3-1 victory over the Glastonbury Tomahawks in the Class LL quarterfinals Saturday at Darien High School. Darien jumped out to the early lead and then rebounded from a third-set loss to nail down a 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 25-21 win.
No. 12 Darien (17-7) will now take on No. 1 Southington (21-1) in the semifinals on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at a site and time to be determined.
Against No. 13 Glastonbury (16-6), the Blue Wave squeaked out a 25-21 win in the first set and then rolled in the second frame, 25-17, for a 2-0 lead.
In the third set, the Tomahawks built a 21-14 advantage before Darien rallied in front at 23-22. Glastonbury, however, responded by winning the next three points to go up 25-23.
The fourth set was another close one, but Darien closed it out at 25-21.
Senior co-captains Cristina Escajadillo and Lindsay Bennett had big matches for the Wave, with Escajadillo, the setter, collecting 25 assists and 14 digs, and Bennett racking up 10 kills and 18 digs.
Juniors Elaina Cummiskey (3 aces, 9 kills, 14 service points and 15 digs), Rachael Perrett (3 aces and 9 service points), and Hassana Arbubakrr (6 blocks), and freshman Aerin Bowman (7 blocks) also made big contributions.
For Glastonbury, senior Sydney Tennyson had 11 kills, 9 digs and 2 blocks; and Olivia Sadak had 6 aces and 14 digs.