Fairfield boys volleyball blasted by Staples

Give the Fairfield co-op boys volleyball team credit for showing its moxie on Wednesday.

Although host Fairfield lost 3-0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-11) to Staples at Fairfield Ludlowe and dropped to 4-10, the Mustangs deserve credit for their hustle and tenacity in defeat and got to many balls to rob Staples' hitters.

The Wreckers showed after facing a scare why they are the premier program in the state by displaying their hitting prowess. They raised their record to 14-0 and won their 94th straight match with their last match coming in 2006.

"The guys came out with a lot of heart and challenged Staples," Fairfield Coach Garrett Covino said. "We kept the ball alive so many times and kept ourselves in the game."

Senior captain Tom Prederville (13 kills, two blocks, four service points) led Staples. Prenderville's ability to pound the ball home gave the Wreckers a 16-10 lead in the first game.

The Mustangs didn't make it easy for Staples. Fairfield got to many balls and robbed the Wreckers of kills with Mustang senior libero Zach Segala (nine digs, three service points), classmate Terry Corcoran (six kills, five digs), freshman Alec Gropman (10 digs) and senior James Warde (three digs, two service points) frequently robbing Staples of kills.

Corcoran, junior Patrick Kerrigan (six kills, three blocks), senior Brett Krumins (five kills, two blocks), sophomore Sal Siciliano (two kills, three blocks, two service points) and junior Tom Chapdelaine (two kills) were offensive forces for Fairfield and cut it to 20-19 on Kerrigan's swat with authority during senior Sam Risley's serve (three service points).

Senior setter Dillon Otten (four service points, 10 assists, one kill, two digs) deftly set up Fairfield's offense.

However, the Mustangs couldn't get closer as the Wreckers started to pull away. Sophomore Jonah Aelyon (three kills, three service points) ended Fairfield's hopes with a tip and then served two points with senior captain Evan Gaumert securing one of them with a kill. Junior Danny Fishman (13 assists, five service points, one ace, one kill) wrapped up the game with a kill.

In the second and third games, Staples was in control throughout and was never threatened. Gaumert (three kills, 14 service points, four aces) was a serving force and was especially masterful behind the line in the third game.

Fitzgerald broke it open in the third game by serving six straight points and was also deft in setting up his teammates for kills.

Fishman and senior lefty Danny Hlawitschka (four assists) also did a good job in setting up the offense.

"We tried to do too much in the second and third games," Covino said. "We tried to overplay and swing too hard. Their offense was too consistent."