Volleyball: Warriors open season with two wins

The Wilton High volleyball team stormed back from early deficits in the second and third games to score a 3-0 win over visiting Norwalk on Saturday at Zeoli Fieldhouse.

The Warriors, who also swept New Milford on Friday, 3-0, are now 2-0 and already halfway to equalling their win total for the entire 2015 season.

“The season’s very young, but we played twice as good as we played (Friday),” said coach Steve Brienza after the match. “I think we passed very well today, with the exception of a few points in game three. We’re serving aggressive and forcing the other team to have to pass very well. And I think as long we keep doing those things all together and keep playing as a team it should be a very good season for us.”

Wilton’s plan for the match was to jump out early and then put Norwalk away, which the Warriors did in the first game, which they won 25-18. But the Warriors had to stage rallies in games two and three after Norwalk ran out to early leads.

"The idea was we wanted to make them play from behind as much as we could. Games two and three that didn't happen quite as much as we had liked," said the coach. "The idea that I've been trying to get across is that when we're in the lead we've got to maintain and we've got to continue to play to win, and that's exactly what they did today"

Wilton rallied from a 15-10 deficit in game two. With the score tied at 20, a kill by sophomore Juliana Musilli put Wilton up for good, as the Warriors closed out the game with five straight points.

Wilton fell behind again in game three, trailing 6-0 and later 12-7. But the Warriors outscored 18-2 the rest of the way to close out the game and the match.

“I was very happy with our setter Rachel Low today. She was getting balls up there from different positions and getting them to places for hitters to attack the ball,” said Brienza.

Low finished the match with 15 assists, along with nine service points (two aces) and one kill.

Two newcomers also had good performances — Sommer Rogg with four kills and five service points (one ace) and Musilli with six kills and eight service points (four aces).

“We have a nice mix of juniors and seniors and a sophomore on team and it seems they’re starting to gel a little more, which is definitely a boost to their confidence. I think they’re learning to play with one another,” Brienza said. “The young girls are getting good swings on the ball. The senior members of the team are leading the team. They’re doing the little ins and outs of the team that we have to do to be successful.

“All is all it was good afternoon for us.”

Also key to the win were Sophie Phelan (11 service points, four digs, three aces, one kill), Sarah Souza (three kills, two service points, one block), Hayley Meyer (three kills, two service points, one block, one dig) and Ava Martinelli (five service points, three digs, one kill).

Notes: In Friday’s season opener, the Warriors swept New Milford at home with scores of 25-13, 25-11, 25-6.

Rogg (14 service points, five aces, eight kills) and Low (15 assists, seven service points, three aces) led the way for Wilton.