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Darien Volleyball Falls as Streak Ends

All good things must come to an end, goes the old adage. The Darien High School girls volleyball team's 72-match winning streak was snapped Saturday night in the Class L state championship at Glastonbury High School in a stunning 3-0 sweep by second-seeded East Lyme (25-21, 25-15, 25-17). It was a shock for a Blue Wave team accustomed to being on the winning end of a 3-0 sweep as it failed to capture a state championship for the first time since 2000.

Darien was uncharacteristically sloppy with 25 unforced errors, including 11 on services, usually one of the most lethal parts of their game. Darien had an unforced error on the first point of the game and never recovered.

Every facet of the game Darien usually dominates, East Lyme did better. The Vikings bettered the Blue Wave in digs, service points and kills. For fans that see a Darien victory as a foregone conclusion, it was unbelievable that the Blue Wave led in the match only twice and only in the first game.

East Lyme's Molly Giannattasio was named tournament MVP, leading her team to its first-ever state title. Darien had been 15-0 in state championship games, until Saturday night.

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