New Canaan boys volleyball team defeats Darien for first time
Published 10:19 pm, Wednesday, May 15, 2013
NEW CANAAN -- New Canaan High School's boys' volleyball team simply wanted it more. At least that's the way representatives of both the victorious Rams and visiting Darien Blue Wave explained it after the Rams earned a 3-1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-14, 25-20) win on Wednesday.
It marks the first time since New Canaan's boys volleyball program went to varsity status that the Rams beat their local rivals, and the first time in a decade-plus that a boys or girls team from New Canaan knocked off the Wave, according to New Canaan coach Katie Bakes.
"It's pretty historic since they're such a very strong, solid program, consistently," Bakes said. "I think the key today was the fact they wanted it more than anything and they were going to fight until they got it."
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The coach added that her team's passing was decent but that good decision-making on hits significantly contributed to the victory.
New Canaan improved to 9-7 overall this spring and avenged an earlier-season loss to Darien (9-8).
"They wanted revenge," Bakes Said.
"It's pretty fun to be the first one in a really long time to do that," New Canaan's Tyler Edwards said. "Everyone just passed well and we swung really well."
"It's good for them," Darien captain Nicholas Palmer said.
Edwards, who had 17 digs and 14 kills, said the fact his team kept its energy up was key.
"Today we just stayed up the whole time," Edwards said.
After winning Game 1, New Canaan saw Darien battle back to claim the second frame. Darien led 21-16 before the Rams fought back to tie the score at 22-22 and again at 23-all. Darien's George Phillips gave his team the lead with a service point, and teammate Marcus Iqbal sealed the win with a kill.
The Rams took over in Game 3. It was close and featured five ties until the Rams turned a 7-7 game into an 11-7 lead, capped by Isaac Fishman's dink. The Wave ended the 4-0 run, but the Rams answered with five of the next six points for a 16-9 cushion capped by Kevin Hall's service ace. Darien got the next three to make it 16-12, but the Rams never relinquished the lead in Game 3.
New Canaan sealed the win by maintaining a slim lead throughout most of the fourth game. It was tied at 12-12 when New Canaan's Keith Griffin's kill gave the Rams the lead for good.
New Canaan extended the lead to 18-12. Darien pulled to within 18-16, but an Edwards kill made it 19-16 Rams. Darien hung around and it was 19-17 before a 3-0 NC run capped by Hall's kill, prompting a Darien timeout.
A kill by Griffin made it 24-18, and after Darien got to within 24-20, Fishman sealed the win when he faked setting the ball and pushed it over the net into empty space.
Griffin had seven kills; Edwards had 17 digs and 14 kills; Hall had 11 digs and seven kills; Fishman compiled 25 assists.
"Today they just outplayed us in every facet of the game. They wanted it more," said Darien captain George Phillips, who led his team with 14 kills, 11 service points, three aces and one block.
"They had their night. They played their game," added fellow DHS captain Sean Lee, noting that the Rams seemed to feed off their Senior Night festivities.