Volleyball: Warriors defeat New Milford for second win

The Wilton High volleyball team notched its second victory of the season on Wednesday night, winning a hard-fought 3-1 decision at New Milford.

The Warriors (2-1), who won by scores of 25-15, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19, bounced back last Saturday’s 3-0 loss at New Canaan.

“It was good win for us. The girls played very well,” said Head Coach Steve Brienza. “We served a lot better than we had previously, and we service received with much more effectively than we did over the weekend. They worked well as a team.”

Natalie Bennett led the way at the net with 11 kills and a block, in addition to nine service points and two assists. Julia Schiavone had 18 assists and seven service points (three aces), plus three digs, and Shannon Golden finished with 10 digs and eight service points (two aces). Sarah Souza contributed three kills, two digs and 14 service points, including five aces.

Wilton won the first game behind strong serving, before New Milford came back and did the same to the Warriors in game two, to even up the match.

The pivotal third game was back and forth, until Wilton pulled out the 25-23 win on some New Milford errors.

“We did a little more execution-wise on the defensive end,” said Brienza of the third-game win. “We got a little tense a little late in the game. The girls just had to relax and play their game.”

New Milford (2-1) was led by Allie Helmus with six kills and Angela Haglund with four kills.

The Warriors have one more non-league match, on Friday against Trinity Catholic in their home opener, before the official FCIAC schedule kicks in next week.

“It’s a nice stepping stone for us as we move into conference play,” Brienza said of Wednesday’s win. “We definitely still have work that needs to be done, as far as our efficiency with the ball on defense, and changing our attacking schemes later in the match so the defense isn’t just sitting on what we’re doing. As those things get more polished, I think you’ll see our offense will be even greater than it’s been already.”