BOYS VOLLEYBALL

Darien held out for victory when pushed to the wall by rival Ridgefield.

Never before in my volleyball career have I ever experienced a game like this one.

— Tim Herget

“My what a crazy game,” said Wave captain Tim Herget of Darien’s 3-2 Class L semifinals win over the Tigers at Fairfield Warde High on Monday, that saw the Wave claw its way back from a 2-0 deficit. “Never before in my volleyball career have I ever experienced a game like this one.”

He’ll probably have some company on each side of the net in feeling that way, but, it’s on the Wave side that the feeling was deepest.

“No place I would rather have been than with my best friends out on the court and with our coach playing the sport we love,” Herget said. “Love and friendship won us the game tonight along with the crowd.”

Winning numbers had Darien losing 25-23 in the first game, and 25-14 in the second.

“The crowd’s huge energy was key in the victory and I can't thank them enough,” Herget said. “Our bond that we have developed over the last few years pushed us to never give up.”

Darien won three straight 25-23, 25-23 and 15-13 to take the match.

Alex Preston had 23 kills and Tim Herget 21.

Sophomore Tyler Herget made 53 assists.

Sean McKay had eight kills, Zak Swetye six.

McKay made seven blocks, Preston four, Tim Herget and Spencer Jarecke had three each, Swetye two and Tyler Herget one.

Tim Herget led Darien with 14 digs, Preston had 10, Tyler Herget eight, Jarecke and McKay five each, Swetye four.

“I can't thank my teammates enough,” Herget said. “Such an emotional ending.”

The second seed Wave climbs to 22-1 and will play the winner of No. 1 Cheshire (20-0) and No. 4 East Hartford (17-1) for the championship on Thursday.

“Ridgefield is such a fantastic team,” Herget added. “I have enjoyed every game against them since freshman year. Their competitiveness and love for the game make our matches so exciting.

“We are very excited for the win, but now we are going to focus on either Cheshire or east Hartford. One more game is still to be played.”