Fairfield's co-op boys volleyball team ended last year with a loss to Southington in the quarterfinals of the CIAC Class L tournament. Most of Fairfield's players on that team, which finished 16-5 overall, graduated in June. Coach Garrett Covino, in his sixth year with the team, has too many new players for any discussion of the team's task this year not to include the word rebuilding.
Twelve players have graduated from the 2013 team that compiled a 15-3 regular-season record before losing to Ridgefield in the FCIAC semifinals, six of whom were starters. Only captain Tim Berardino, a junior middle blocker, returns to Fairfield's starting lineup. He was a middle hitter whose quickness and agility surprised some teams last spring, Covino said.