Darien Boys’ Volleyball sweeps Trumbull in Class L for 5th state title


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

The Blue Wave won their second consecutive CIAC Class L Men’s Volleyball Championship on Thursday night to go along with three straight FCIAC titles after a 3-0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-10) win over rivals of the Trumbull league at Pomperaug High School.

“It’s all up to the coach (Laurie Larusso),” said Darien, left outside hitter Trevor Herget, who finished each of the three games with a kill. “She makes us work hard in training. All credit goes to him. »

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

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

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

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

The opening set went back and forth with no team able to take more than a four-point lead. Trumbull (22-3) took a 22-21 lead, but that would be the Eagles’ final point in the set.

“We had some chills during the game with a few guys who weren’t used to playing in a state finals,” Herget said.

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

“It cut our air a bit,” said Trumbull coach Nicole Tromelen. “They were able to settle in faster than us and kept a lot of pressure on us.”

After that, everything was Darien.

Trumbull took a 1-0 lead in the second set, but from there the Blue Wave never trailed for the rest of the match. The second set was deadlocked at 3, but Darien surged 15-4 to take an 18-7 lead. Trumbull got on the board when Herget’s kill was too long and came out the backcourt.

The Eagles hung on a bit and closed at 24-15, but Herget again finished the set with a kill that gave 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 great 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 for nine straight points to take an 18-5 lead.

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

And with much of his roster back, Darien could easily be back to go for a hat-trick next June.

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

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

“They’re amazing and they have some of the best players in the state, so we shouldn’t let our heads down,” Tromelen said. “You have to play almost perfectly to beat them. They know very well how to capitalize on the mistakes of others.


TRUMBULL 22 15 10 — 0

DARIEN 25 25 25 — 3

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

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


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