FAIRFIELD — Going their separate ways.

Last spring, Warde and Ludlowe combined to form the Fairfield co-op team and post a fifth-place finish in the FCIAC standings, going 8-8 ND just missing out on the four-team tournament. The Mustangs ended with a 9-10 record, losing to Southington in the opening round of the state tournament.

Now, it all changes.

For the first time in 10 years, Warde and Ludlowe will have separate teams, the Falcons playing under coach Ryan Minter-Woodcock and the Mustangs under Garrett Covino, who coached the co-op team last season.

“We are going to be an eager team, coming in on the ground floor of this inaugural year,” Woodcock wrote in his prospectus to the Citizen. “We want to establish ourselves as a force in the FCIAC in the years to come.”

To start that foundation, Ludlowe will rely on captains Matt Jessen, Tristan Carey and Phillip Nesbitt, to provide the experience to compete in the always tough FCIAC.

Warde has returning experience in outside hitter Guilherme Lima (2.4 kills, 3.4 digs and 2.4 service points a game), middle blocker Josh Taylor (2.1 kills, 2.7 blocks a game) and setter Andrew Baratz (5.7 assists, 3.4 service points a game).

“This will be our first year as an independent team,” Covino wrote. “Our three returning starters (Lima, Taylor and Baratz) will be keys to both our offense and defense.”

Covino will have some new faces in Cooper Rothman, Matt Skelton and Kyle Epstein.

“Cooper will anchor our passing, Matt hitting outside and Kyle hitting from the opposite side,” Covino wrote. “We have six seniors that look to lead the team with heart and effort. They will lead by example. We hope to be consistent with both our skill, goals, effort and emotions in order to succeed this season.”