DARIEN, Conn. The makeup of the team may change from year to year, but the dominance remains the same for the Darien High School girls volleyball team. The 15-time state champions are still mowing down opponents, sweeping their fifth straight match to open the season. Darien overcame a bumpy first game Friday to sweep an upstart New Canaan squad, 3-0 (25-22, 25-9, 25-12).
We definitely came out a little frazzled. We might have come out with a little too much energy, Dariens Katie Steuber said. In the second and third game, we put that energy into focus and did a good job. We always just come out with the mentality to play hard. It doesnt matter what the score is.
In a battle of unbeaten teams, the Rams were amped up to take on the vaunted Blue Wave. New Canaan pulled ahead 20-18 in the first game, but Darien scored seven of the next eight points to deflate the Rams. The Blue Wave cruised to victory from there.
Riley Sousa led the way for Darien, racking up four kills and 15 service points. She also dominated on defense, coming up with seven digs. Charlett Stevenson and Kelly Kosnik led the team in kills with five each. Amanda Sommi anchored the defense with 13 digs.
We knew [New Canaan] was going to be a good team this year so we were really pumped up, Sommi said. Its New Canaan-Darien. We always have to make a statement, and in the second and third games we did.
Darien (5-0) has swept all five matches it has played in 2011. The Blue Wave travels to Norwalk on Monday for a 4 p.m. match.
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