Mean in '17: Wave returns a ‘strong hitting team’ to the court
Alex Preston, Tim Herget, Spencer Jarecke — is Wave boys’ volleyball rolling in heavy hitters?
But, of course. And there’s a young, but very heavy setter too.
Sean McKay, Spencer Jarecke, Zak Swetye, and Tyler Herget are looking to have breakout seasons this year.
— Tim Herget
“We have some strong guys this year so far,” said senior Herget, who co-captains the Wave with Preston. “We are a strong offensive (hitting) team that is very consistent at passing and serving.”
Extraordinary setter Tyler Herget had 937 assists his freshman year of 2016.
The Wave is coming off of a blistering 2016 when it lost only two matches, one of which in the league.
Darien beat Ridgefield 3-1 for the FCIAC title and lost 3-2 to the Tigers in the state final.
“We have a strong block at the net as well,” added captain Herget.
The Wave lost one senior due to graduation and another varsity starter moved away, leaving it with four returning starters.
In the plus column is that these starters are the kind that can finish the opposition.
“Currently we are looking for a right side and a libero,” said Herget. “Both are critical in the game. Right side is critical in the blocking game. Libero is the leader of our defense.”
Wave roster strength includes Sean McKay, Tyler Herget, Zak Swetye, Dillon Jones, Sam McMullin, Piers Roofthooft and John Parkhurst.
Preston had 507 kills last season, Tim Herget 418.
Tim Herget led with 282 service points, while brother Tyler had 228, Preston 165.
Tim Herget had a team leading 401 digs and 53 aces.
“Currently we are not sure who will be playing where, but I know everyone is getting a feel for all the positions, so in time everyone will be flexible and adaptable to play multiple positions,” said Herget. “Sean McKay, Spencer Jarecke, Zak Swetye, and Tyler Herget are looking to have breakout seasons this year. All have lots of experience and improve every day in every part of the game and will be big contributors to this year's team.”
4/1 Masuk Home 11:00 a.m.
4/5 Trumbull Away 4:00 p.m.
4/7 Staples Home 4:00 p.m.
4/8 Shelton Away 10:00 a.m.
4/12 Greenwich Away 3:00 p.m.
4/17 New Canaan Away 4:00 p.m.
4/19 St. Joseph 4:00 p.m.
4/21 Fairfield Warde Away 4:00 p.m.
4/24 Newtown Away 4:00 p.m.
4/26 Danbury Away 4:00 p.m.
4/28 Ridgefield Home 4:00 p.m.
5/1 Trumbull Home 4:00 p.m.
5/3 Staples Away 4:00 p.m.
5/5 Greenwich Home 4:00 p.m.
5/8 New Canaan Home 4:00 p.m.
5/10 St. Joseph Away 4:00 p.m.
5/11 Fairfield Warde Home 4:00 p.m.
5/15 Oxford Away 4:00 p.m.
5/17 Danbury Home 4:00 p.m.
5/18 Ridgefield Away 4:00 p.m.