Undefeated Trumbull plays well on the pitch


Trumbull coach Nicole Tromelen’s men’s volleyball team has won four straight decisions without giving up a set.

“We have height in the middle which is good because it’s something you can’t teach,” Tromelen said. “Our guys spent the offseason training in volleyball, which helped us start further than we did in previous years.”

Trumbull graduated senior setter Anthony O’Sullivan, hitter Sage Gatling, who now plays at LIU-Brooklyn, libero Hank Carlson and senior captain Brendan Maguire.

“Seven seniors played as part of the rotation,” Tromelen said. “The work of this team during the off-season has made the transition less difficult than usual. Our service reception looks good.

Brennan Cutter and Kieran O’Sullivan will play in the middle. On the outside are junior Austin Ashby and senior Sean Ferris. Junior Carson Brunone is a setter.

“Brennan Cutter went from the right side to the middle. He is left handed. We are excited about the opportunities this gives us,” said Tromelen. “Kieran O’Sullivan can throw the block with his striking style. Ben Leeds played wherever we needed him as a junior, whether as a hitter, service specialist or defender. I’m glad he found a place on the right side.

Matt Cherfane is a libero.

“He substituted during the state semis with Darien when we were having trouble receiving serve,” Tromelen said of the junior. “Matt stepped in cool and collected and was able to help us. It was not an easy task for him. He showed composure and worked hard in the offseason. We have another defensive specialist in Derek Plonski, who can also play on the front line if we need him. Dylan Tracy is a senior who can come in as a service specialist.

Cutter (11 kills), Leeds (7 kills, 7 digs, 4 aces) and Brunone (34 assists, 5 digs, 6 aces) led Trumbull past St. Joseph 25-7, 25-14, 25-7. Cherfane added nine digs while Ashby had eight kills. Ashby (9 kills, 5 digs, 2 aces), Cherfane (7 digs, 4 aces), O’Sullivan (4 kills) and Leeds (5 kills, 4 aces, 4 digs) led the way to victory 3-0 on Friendship.

“We only have three seniors and all of them play a role,” Tromelen said. “Our biggest class is the juniors. We plan two years to have a grassroots group in the field. We want to compete at the highest level possible. Last year we reached the national semi-finals. We wanted to compete with the best. Last year we were one game away from the FCIAC and the state finals. These are goals, knowing that there are big league teams fighting with us.

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