After an uncharacteristic rough season in 2017 —finishing at 8-11 on the year— Darien looks to be making its way back toward the top of the standings.
The Blue Wave started the year at 2-2, but those two losses were both 3-2 affairs to Trumbull and Greenwich.
From there, Darien rattled off six-straight wins before falling 3-1 to Newtown Monday night.
The Wave bounced right back Wednesday however, sweeping Fairfield Warde in three sets.
Players like Lindsey Fay and Rosali Pirone have Darien looking more like what the volleyball circuit is used to, but the Wave still have matches against top-flight Fairfield Ludlowe, Staples, Westhill and St. Joseph in the back half of their schedule.
Bounce right back
Speaking of Westhill, the Vikings suffered their first loss of the season 3-2 against St. Joseph last week.
It was the first match in which the Vikings surrendered a single set since their season-opening 3-1 win against Masuk.
Westhill returned Monday to blank Trumbull 3-0, but, like Darien, has its plate full in the second half with teams like Staples, Ludlowe and Greenwich.
Tough at the top
It’s past the midway point of the season and at this juncture, teams are starting to be defined by their records.
This week’s Top 10 coaches’ poll features four undefeated teams: No. 1 Woodstock Academy, No. 2 Southington, No. 3 Cheshire and No. 5 Joel Barlow.
Most of the teams are through the hardest part of their schedules, and control their own destiny as far as finishing the year unbeaten.
The biggest remaining matchup comes for Woodstock, which will have to travel to face RHAM in the season finale on Oct. 26.
RHAM currently sits at No. 4 and has just one loss on the season, against Southington in its first game.
Since that loss, RHAM has surrendered just one set (at Farmington) in its next seven contests.
Elena Ball, St. Joseph: Had 21 kills in the Cadets’ 3-2 FCIAC win over previously unbeaten Westhill.
Krystina Schueler, Trumbull: Had 15 kills, four digs and a block in Trumbull’s 3-0 over Shelton.
Molly Cronin, Fairfield Ludlowe: Dominated the service line with seven aces in 3-0 sweep of Lauralton Hall.
GET OUT AND GO
Darien at Fairfield Ludlowe, Friday, 5:30 p.m.: Darien looks to bounce back after six-game win streak was ended. Ludlowe lost its first game last week.
Amity at Guilford, Monday, 7 p.m.: Amity, winner of seven of its last eight, travels to Guilford, which has won three of four.
Bristol Eastern at RHAM, Monday, 6 p.m.: Huge battle between No. 7 Bristol and No. 4 RHAM.
Southington at Avon, Tueday, 6 p.m.: No. 2 Southington travels to Avon, which has lost its last two.