FINE PERFORMANCES

Aerin Bowman, Darien: The sophomore collected 16 kills, 2 aces, 3 blocks, and 4 digs during the Blue Wave’s five-set win over previously-unbeaten Ludlowe on Tuesday.

Sadie Budzik, Cromwell: Budzik hit double digits with 16 kills and 12 digs, to go along with 8 aces in a 3-0 shutout of Valley Regional.

Ali Castro, Trumbull: The junior setter amassed 57 assists and 21 digs in wins over Trinity Catholic and St. Joseph this week. She also had 10 aces against Trinity.

Jess Foss, Shelton: The setter had 35 assists during the Gaels’ 3-1 victory over defending SCC champion Cheshire.

Naliah Grannel, Hamden: Grannel had 16 kills, 13 digs, and 5 blocks in five-set win over North Haven on Friday.

Gabriella Johnson, RHAM: The senior had 10 kills and 15 digs in the Sachems’ 3-0 win over Newington.

Paula Hernandez, Woodstock Academy: In back-to-back victories against East Lyme and Fitch, Hernandez collected 43 kills, 50 digs and 7 aces.

Francesca Pokorski, Mercy: The senior had 27 kills combined in wins over Lauralton Hall 3-1 and Career 3-2. She also had 21 digs in the victory over Career.

Lily Saleeby, Greenwich: The Cardinals’ junior outside hitter racked up 18 kills, 5 digs, and 4 aces during a 3-0 shutout of Danbury on Friday.

Bria Stanley, West Haven: Stanley collected 18 kills and 3 blocks in a 3-2 win over Sacred Heart Academy.

Sophia Thagouras, Westhill: Thagouras had 30 assists, 14 kills and 1 block during a two-match stretch in which the Vikings upended FCIAC contenders Darien and Greenwich by 3-0 scores.

Juliet Young, Guilford: Young had a combined 24 digs in consecutive shutouts of North Haven and Sheehan.

MATCHES TO WATCH

New Canaan at Darien, Thurs., 4 p.m.: The two rivals meet in a key showdown in the FCIAC tournament race.

St. Joseph at Ludlowe, Thurs., 6 p.m.: Both teams are looking to bounce back from losses early this week. Ludlowe was handed its first defeat by Darien on Tuesday, while St. Joseph was blanked by rival Trumbull on Monday.

Joel Barlow at New Milford, Fri., 5:30 p.m.: New Milford suffered its first loss of the season on Monday and now faces red-hot Barlow, which has won nine straight.

Trumbull at Shelton, Sat., 11:30 a.m.: A great SCC-FCIAC match-up features 8-2 Trumbull visiting 11-2 Shelton.

Darien at Woodstock Academy, Sat., Noon: Darien caps a challenging week with a two-hour road trip to take on Paula Hernandez and Woodstock Academy. The Centaurs had won eight straight entering play on Wednesday.

Ludlowe at Westhill, Mon., 5:30 p.m.: Another key FCIAC match-up. Ludlowe won its first 12 before losing in five to Darien Tuesday, while Westhill blanked previously-unbeaten Greenwich on Monday.

Guilford at Cheshire, Mon., 6:30 p.m.: Guilford is tearing through its schedule and will face defending SCC champion Chesire for the second time this season. Guilford won the first meeting 3-0, but the Rams will host the match this time.

RHAM at Bristol Eastern, Wed., 5 p.m.: A battle of undefeated teams. RHAM has won its first 10 matches, dropping just one set, while Bristol Eastern is 12-0 with three sets lost.

— Dave Stewart