WESTPORT, Conn. After losing only its second match of the season Monday, Staples High School girls volleyball might still have been recovering from that shock. New Canaan battled the Wreckers volley for volley in the first game, winning in extra points, 26-24.
Dropping the first game seemed to wake the Wreckers up. Staples cruised through games two and three and hung on to take game four for a 3-1 victory over New Canaan (24-26, 25-11, 25-11, 25-19).
The win locks up third seed for the Wreckers in the conference tournament. New Canaan settles for the fourth spot.
We really wanted to get our momentum going into the postseason, senior tri-captain Joosje Grevers said. I think we really played as cohesive unit today. We want to see Darien in the finals, so this was good to get that [third] seed.
Staples senior duo of Grevers and Augustine Gradoux-Matt led the Wreckers comeback win. Grevers was devastating at the service line, racking up eight aces and 12 service points. She was everywhere on the court as well, coming up with six kills, seven digs and a block.
Gradoux-Matt led Staples in kills with 13. Senior Danielle Kosinski was the go-to set-up girl, piling on 32 assists.
The upstart New Canaan girls came out ready to contend as Andrea Mullaney, Annie Conover and Cassidy Ward led the Rams on their senior night. Neither team led by more than three points in the first game.
We came out lacking a little energy, Grevers said of the first game. New Canaan has an amazing team with some girls that play year-round. I think we just needed to shake it off, keep calm and do our thing.
From there it was all Staples as the Wreckers seemed to go on cruise control with identical 25-11 victories in games two and three. Staples led by as many as 16 points during game three.
Staples hosts Harding in its regular-season finale Friday at 4 p.m. The Wreckers will host either Stamford or Danbury in the opening round of the playoffs, which begin next Tuesday.
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