Volleyball roundup / Falcons passing chemistry tests with high marks
Published 4:17 pm, Thursday, September 25, 2014
There are times when teamwork, talent and togetherness are lost because of team troubles and inner turmoil. But so far this season, Ludlowe coach Meghan Skelton has found the right blend of everything. She's put together solid mixes of athleticism, killer instinct and ability and the result have -- so far, at least -- been nothing short of perfection.
On Tuesday, the Flacons defeated Trumbull in straight sets, 25-7, 25-14 and 25-16 to improve to 7-0 on the season with its seventh consecutive three-game sweep. Their mission this season? Win the FCIAC championship and then, win the CIAC title.
"The goal every year is to win states but I think we really have a shot at it this year. We know that we're a great team, Ludlowe senior April Cooke said. "We have great chemistry this year and we're really not competitive with each other, which has been a problem with other teams I've been on and I think it's really important that we're not competitive with each other and that we're confident in ourselves. The most important thing is to trust each other."
"We've actually been working really well together, which is nice because sometimes when you have a group of girls, especially high school girls, it's hard to mesh sometimes," senior Keki Cardenas said. "But all of our girls are really supportive, especially on the bench. There can be a competitive element but it's definitely not like that here. Everyone's very supportive and we're all there for each other. We all want the team to succeed, it's not about our personal goals."
No, it's about team goals, like winning the FCIAC and CIAC crowns. Last season, Ludlowe went 20-4 and lost in the league semifinals to Greenwich and fell to Cheshire in the state semifinals. This year, they want to surpass those achievements.
"Definitely we have that goal in mind (winning states) but we take things one game at a time and we don't get too ahead of ourselves," said Cardenas.
Case in point. Trumbull came into Tuesday's match with a 4-1 record and standing in second place in the FCIAC West Division. Ludlowe exploded out of the gates, opened up a commanding first game lead and never looked back. The Eagles never knew what hit them.
"We've got a very good team," Skelton said. "This team has a lot of potential and a lot of talent. We're excited. Our philosophy is not about who we're playing, it's about ourselves. I don't care if it's the best or the worst team in the league, we approach every match with the same mindset. We take care of our side, we cheer each other on and we try to do the same thing every single time."
"We just have to go out there and play our game," added Cooke. "You can't look at the other side. Coach tells us to block them out and just pretend they're not there and just be the best that we can be."
On Monday, the Falcons will face a major test as they travel to Darien to take on the undefeated (6-0) Blue Wave, the first of a four-match road trip that will also see Ludlowe play at Trinity Catholic (4-2), St. Joseph (6-0) and Stamford (6-0) and put that chemistry to the test.
"We do (have good chemistry) and we work hard on that," Skelton said. "It's something that you're either lucky to have to you really have to work through it and I've been lucky to have it and the girls have been really good with each other and they're really ready for this season."
WARDE WINS 3
The Mustangs went 3-1 last week to even their record at 4-4. Warde defeated Norwalk, Harding and Staples and lost to Greenwich.
Hannah Wolf had 20 service points, five aces, nine kills, nine digs and two blocks in the three wins that were reported to the newspaper. Nicole Vacarella had 19 kills, 9 service points and two blocks, Steph Sheehan had 16 service points, three kills and seven aces, Clare Burns had 12 digs, four service points and seven kills and Kiera McNeil had 17 assists, five digs, three kills, two aces and eight service points.
LANCERS WIN FIRST
After a 0-4 start, the Lancers captured their first win of the season, beating Immaculate in straight sets.