The 2019 boys volleyball season is underway and a pair of teams are making an early statement in the FCIAC standings.
Darien High School is 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the FCIAC following Friday’s home victory over Stamford High.
Since losing in five sets to Newtown on season-opening day (March 30), the Blue Wave have won five straight matches.
Darien, under the direction of veteran coach Laurie LaRusso, posted an 18-6 overall record in 2018. However, the Blue Wave lost in the FCIAC playoff semifinals and the Class L quarterfinals.
The Blue Wave is looking to return to the status that carried them to the 2017 Class L state title as well as FCIAC championships in 2015, ’16 and ’17.
Tyler Herget is the linchpin for Darien and is motivated to make his senior season with the Blue Wave special.
Senior outside hitter Piers Roofthooft and junior setter Jackson Leone are other key performers for Darien.
Thus far, Darien owns a home win over St. Joseph along with a road triumph over defending FCIAC and Class L runner-up Ridgefield.
Darien’s suburban archrival, New Canaan High School, is also off to a fast start this season.
The Rams are 6-1 overall with a six-match win streak after Friday’s home triumph over Trumbull High.
New Canaan graduated seven seniors and brought back six returnees from last year’s 13-9 overall squad.
The Rams lost in the FCIAC playdowns and the Class M quarterfinals last postseason.
New Canaan has taken on the mantle of road warriors. The Rams have won at Warde, Ridgefield, St. Joseph and Westhill.
The 2019 squad is all seniors (five) or juniors (seven) except for one sophomore.
The returnees for New Canaan are seniors Conor West, Angel Negron and John Peiser, juniors Aaron Fishman and Jonathan Hall as well as lone sophomore Gavin Branwit.