Darien boys volleyball sweeps Trumbull in Class L for 5th state title

SOUTHBURY — Darien might be in the middle of a dynasty.

The Blue Wave captured their second consecutive CIAC Class L boys’ volleyball championship Thursday night to go along with three straight FCIAC titles following a 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-10) win over league rival Trumbull at Pomperaug High School.

“It’s all on the coach (Laurie Larusso),” said Darien left outside hitter Trevor Herget, who finished off each of the three games with a kill. “She works us hard in practice. All the credit goes to her.”

Darien (25-0), which defeated Enfield, 3-1, a year ago, defeated Trumbull for the third time in 24 days, including the FCIAC championship on May 27.

“It’s hard to beat a team three times and we knew they had many hitters,” Larusso said. “We had to do our job and that it wouldn’t be easy.”

The Blue Wave have now won 49 consecutive games with their last loss coming to Staples, 3-2 in the Class L final in 2019. There was no season in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We’ve put in all the hours and the time,” Darien tri-captain Luke Bradbury said. “We keep working hard and that’s why we’ve had the success.”

The opening set went back and forth with neither team able to take more than a four-point lead. Trumbull (22-3) grabbed a 22-21 edge, but it would be the Eagles’ final point of the set.

“We had a little game-time shivers with a couple guys not used to playing in a state final,” Herget said.

Herget took control of the set from there, rattling off four straight kills from the left side to give Darien the game and a 1-0 lead.

“It took the air out of us a little bit,” Trumbull coach Nicole Trommelen said. “They were able to settle faster than we were and kept a lot of pressure on us.”

After that, it was all Darien.

Trumbull took a 1-0 lead in the second set, but from there, the Blue Wave never trailed for the rest of the game. The second set was deadlocked at 3, but Darien went on a 15-4 surge to grab an 18-7 lead. Trumbull got on the board when Herget’s kill was too long and went out the back end of the court.

The Eagles hung on for a bit and closed to 24-15, but Herget again ended the set with a kill that gave the Blue Wave a 2-0 lead.

“When Trevor gets hot, he’s a really good option,” Bradbury said. “He’s a great player and it’s awesome to have him.”

Darien never trailed in the third and final set and with Bryce Ford serving in the middle of the set, the Blue Wave ran off nine consecutive points to take an 18-5 lead.

Herget again finished off the set with a kill from the left side, giving Darien its fifth state title in eight championship appearances.

And with a lot of its lineup returning, Darien easily could be back to try for a three-peat next June.

“I do believe we can if we have the spirit,” Herget said.

Trumbull fell to 1-3 in state final appearances. The Eagles only state crown came in 2001.

“They are amazing, and they have some of the best players in the state so we shouldn’t be hanging our heads,” Trommelen said. “You have to play nearly perfect to beat them. They are very good at capitalizing on other people’s mistakes.”


TRUMBULL 22 15 10 — 0

DARIEN 25 25 25 — 3

HIGHLIGHTS: Darien: Trevor Herget, 18 kills and 14 digs; Luke Bradbury, 8 digs, 2 kills and 8 service points; Griff Krouse, 33 assists. Trumbull: Austin Ashby, 4 kills and 3 digs; Matt Cherfane, 11 digs; Brennan Cutter, 14 kills and 1 block.

Records: Darien, 25-0; Trumbull, 22-3.