Wreckers defeat Warde in straight sets
WESTPORT — The path through the FCIAC has always been a tumultuous one, but it got a bit easier for the Staples boys volleyball team during a 3-0 win over Fairfield Warde in straight sets on Monday.
“We just had to see what their game plan was,” Staples head coach Dan Cho said. “Once we figured that out, we readjusted and just kept attacking.”
The Wreckers were able to outlast the Mustangs 25-16, 25-17, 25-12.
William Hotch lead Staples with seven kills, while Luke Press added five kills and five digs.
But a major reason for the victory came from Logan Carstens, the sophomore managed to pick up a game-high 22 assists and four blocks leading the defense for Staples.
“We definitely played very well,” Carstens said. “Warde is definitely a pretty solid team and going in, we thought it was going to be pretty challenging. I’m just pretty impressed at how we kept it together.”
Despite the loss, the Mustangs’ scrappy, tough play kept it close — even taking an 4-1 early lead in the third and ultimately final set — but Staples would prove too much on the offensive end for the struggling Warde squad that has dropped three games in a row.
“We really got to come together as a team,” Warde head coach Garrett Covino said. “Today was stressful in the fact that we really kind of separated. We’re focusing more on our errors and we need to focus on the positives.”
The Mustangs were lead by seniors Guilherme Lima and Joshua Taylor each with seven kills. Lima also finished the contest with a team-high nine digs.
Senior setter Andrew Baratz led Warde with 17 assists.
Covino said despite the recent three-game slide, his team will be able to get back on the winning track once they are able to string together three solid sets.
“It’s been a struggle for us,” he said. “We start off strong, but we struggled to keep that same consistency and pressure on our opponent.”
Staples improves to 5-2 with the win after defeating Trumbull last week. The Wreckers will look to continue their hot play on the road against Greenwich Thursday.
Cho said the team has all the tools to notch another tab in the left side of the column, but going forward it will come down to the focus of his team.
“My knowledge of this game is more of a marathon,” he said. “It’s just all mental. We’ve got to be mentally tough.”