High school roundup / Straight-sets loss kills Ludlowe volleyball streak
The road to the FCIAC volleyball championship continues to go through Darien.
A battle of undefeated teams took place Monday afternoon as the 7-0 Blue Wave took on the 7-0 Ludlowe Falcons. Coach Meghan Skelton's squad came into the match with high hopes that their experience and determination could help them knock off Darien and make them the team to beat in the FCIAC.
The Blue Wave had other ideas.
Darien has dominated the regional volleyball scene for the last two decades. Going back to 1993, the Blue Wave have won outright, or shared, 18 FCIAC titles. And they made Monday's match look like a walk in the park, easily defeating Ludlowe in three straight sets, 25-12, 25-18 and 25-15 to drop the Falcons from the ranks of the unbeaten.
"We were riding a roller-coaster, unfortunately. We did well and then we crashed down," Skelton told the Darien News after the match. "We did well and we crashed down. And you can't do that against great teams. We were out of position a lot and simple errors added up."
The Falcons led in both the first and third sets and we're tied at 17-17 in set two before Darien took command. Senior Keki Cardenas had six kills, four blocks and four digs to lead Ludlowe while Olivia Auray added 11 digs and five kills.
And knowing that the Falcons could meet Darien again in the FCIAC tournament, Skelton had a message for her players.
"Let's learn from this and not repeat this," she said.
In other volleyball action, Notre Dame lost to New Milford on Monday to fall to 2-8 on the season. The Lancers fell by scores of 25-14, 25-7 and 25-20.
Warde and Westhill battled to a 2-2 tie Tuesday in Fairfield as Brendan King scored twice for the Mustangs, getting assists from Michael Morataya and Kieran O'Day. The tie left Warde with a 3-3-2 record.
Ludlowe and Danbury played to a 1-1 tie on Tuesday in Danbury as the Falcon's Michael McArdle scored in the first half off an assist from Tarcio Almedia. Goalkeeper Fred Meagher made six saves for Ludlowe, which improved to 6-0-2.
Fairfield Prep won its second game in a row, beating Xavier 4-1 Tuesday in Fairfield. The Jesuits moved to 3-4-1.
Ludlowe fell to 2-5-1 on the season after losing to Danbury 2-0 Monday.
Ludlowe defeated Danbury 103 to 69 Monday at the Fairfield University Rec Plex pool to improve its season record to 2-3, winning nine races.
In the 200-meter medley relay, Hannah Arman, Brittany Marson, Biranna Auray and Grace Holmberg won with a time of 2:20.33 while Arman, Holmberg, Auray and Sarah Grinalds teamed to win the 400-meter freestyle relay in 4:36.63.
Other winners for the Falcons were: Madison Keith in the 200-meter freestyle (2:32.15), Grinalds in the 200-meter individual medley (2:37.76) and the 100-meter butterfly (1:14.31), Auray in the 50-meter freestyle (:29.50), Arman in the 100-meter backstroke (1:11.0) and Marson in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:27.06)
Prep (5-2) lost a thrilling boys' dual meet against Guilford Tuesday, falling by a single point, 28-29. Prep's George Crist ran the 2.9-mile course in 15:34, good for second place overall, while Jack McGowen (15:49) took third, Chris Nillson (16:26) placed fifth and Matt Rusin (16:33) was seventh.
Notre Dame-Fairfield (1-6) fell in a meet against Brookfield (16-47) and Bethel (20-41) Tuesday in Brookfield. Ryan Kelly finished the 3.1-mile course in 18:33, good for sixth place overall.
Ludlowe (7-3) took two wins in races against Staples, Trumbull and Central, losing to the Wreckers 15-49 but beating the Eagles 27-30 and the Hilltoppers 15-50. Ben Ertel finished the 2.95-mile course in ninth place in 16:29.
Warde (9-3) also won two matches Tuesday against Danbury and Westhill, beating the Hatters 24-31 and the Vikings 15-48. The Mustangs were paced by Alex Petrecca, who placed fourth, followed by William Brisman (fifth), Charles Keiffer (seventh), Roman Colao (eighth) and Jackson Stearns (10th).
Warde (7-4) defeated Danbury 18-40 Tuesday. Sarah Radziewicz finished the 2.4-mile course to place second overall. Other top finishers for the Mustangs were: Gabi Galletta (third), Isabelle Radziewicz (sixth), Julia Mulenberg (seventh), Natalia Zhiltsova (eighth) and Catherine Jacobi (10th).
Ludlowe (5-4) defeated Trumbull but lost to Ridgefield and Staples in a tri-meet race Tuesday. The Falcons beat the Eagles 27-30, but fell to the Tigers 15-48 and to the Wreckers 22-35.
Notre Dame (2-8) fell to Bethel and Brookfield in a meet Tuesday. The Lancers (2-9) were led by Caitlin Lonergan, who placed fifth with a time of 22:50.
Notre Dame battled to a scoreless tie with New Fairfield Monday. The Lancers are enjoying a solid season to date, standing 5-1-1.
Luldowe, which had only scored nine goals in its opening seven games, scored seven on Monday in a 7-0 rout of Norwalk. The Falcons improved to 2-4-2.