Staples boys' volleyball beats Danbury in FCIAC semifinals Story and graphics by Madison Andrews

Staples Boys Varsity Volleyball took on Danbury in the FCIAC semifinals at the Fairfield Ludlowe gym on Wednesday, May 22. Building on the momentum of an impressive season of 16 wins and only 2 losses, the Wreckers won 3 games of the 5 against Danbury.

“We were super excited to get our revenge on Danbury because they beat us in 5 sets last week, said Luke Roehm ‘20. We are a pretty close team truly look up to the state champion team last year and we all aspire to be as close as we were last year. We all stepped up at certain points and we came together as a team to pull through the last set.”

The team prepares to receive the opponents serve

The competition did not start off well for Staples. Though they put up a fight, the Wreckers lost the first game 20-25.

Through a strong team effort, Staples turned it around winning the second game 26-24.

“The team morale and support is very strong, especially at this point in the season, said Mathis DeVos ‘20. From our performance last year, we knew it was not going to be easy to do it all again but I think we all started the season off wanting to repeat last year, which helped get us to where are right now.”

The team reconvenes after a timeout to strategize for the upcoming play

The third game Danbury started strong, but Staples overtook the competition to win 25-19.

In the fourth game, Staples was up 20 to 14 at one point, but then fell to Danbury 23-25.

Staples held the lead through the fifth game when they finished with 15-10.

Luke Roehm '20 looks to spike the ball

“We are feeling great about the win, said DeVos. I think that everyone played extremely well and showed what we are made of in this game. Danbury pushed us to our limits and we are happy we were able to overcome this challenge and advance to the next game. That being said, we are putting it behind us and making sure we go into the final ready and prepared for an even bigger challenge.”

Although Staples lost to Darien in the finals, they look to bounce back.

The Wreckers look to make a comeback in states

The Wreckers next game is on Wednesday May 29, against Enfield for the first round of states.

Tags: Wreckers, volleyball, Danbury, FCIAC Quarterfinals, FCIAC title

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