Fairfield Ludlowe's girls volleyball team had practiced just once since Superstorm Sandy devastated Fairfield.
Still, the Falcons looked no worse for the wear in their first FCIAC tournament match.
Led by its middle hitters, the second-seeded Falcons cruised to a 3-0 (25-15, 25-20, 25-17) win over No. 7 Westhill on Tuesday in the FCIAC quarterfinals at Ludlowe.
"It's been a crazy week for everyone," Skelton said. "We were able to practice (Monday) which was great. We told the girls everyone's in the same boat, you just have to be focused. It's just about doing what you do best."
Westhill was led by junior Steph Roones, who had six kills, one block and two digs.
Ludlowe practiced on Monday-- the first time since the catastrophic storm pelted Fairfield and displaced many. The Falcons were not especially crisp, but led by Quinn and junior Casey Boatwright, Ludlowe gained points whenever it needed them.
"We were playing a lot more consistent," Skelton said. "The middles both had a huge day."
All of Quinn's six aces came in game three and four of them came during a seven-point service run, which gave the Falcons a commanding 23-11 lead.
"I think this provides a lot of confidence for them," Skelton said.
Rotondo's serving lifted the Falcons to early leads in each of the first two games. Ludlowe's advantage peaked at 11-2 in game one-- also spearheaded by Corinne Lang's six-point service run.
Lexi Cardenas' five-point service run helped the Falcons build a 10-5 lead in game two. The Vikings got as close a 24-20, but Nelson's kill cinched that game for Ludlowe.
"We were making a lot fewer unforced errors as a team," Skelton said. "For whatever reason, we were able to do that."
WESTHILL 15 20 17-- 0
FAIRFIELD LUDLOWE 25 25 25-- 3
Records: Westhill: 11-8; Fairfield Ludlowe: 18-1; Highlights: W-- Megan D'Alessandro: Four service points, one ace, five kills; Melissa Miles: Three service points, five digs; Steph Roones: Six kills, one block, two digs; FL-- Kelly Rotondo: 24 assists, eight digs; Emily Nelson: 10 kills, five aces; Jaime Quinn: Six aces, six kills.