Trumbull Volleyball Moves on to 2nd Round of States After Defeating Westhill

Ava Inesta ’22
EE Sports Reporter

Trumbull celebrates the game-winning point.

Trumbull opened up the state playoffs with a 3-0 sweep against the Westhill Vikings on Monday, November 8th. After an unfortunate end to their FCIAC championship run, the Eagles had a fresh start against one of their known rivals. The Eagles played a strong game and had the one-up on the Vikings for the majority of the time. The final scores of the three sets were 25-16, 25-10, and 25-14.

Trumbull and Westhill have some history after meeting in the 2019 CIAC State Championship. Trumbull obviously took the title, so it’s always entertaining to see these two teams go against each other after that event. 

Junior captain Maggie Carley expressed a lot of emotions towards this win, “Westhill is a super scrappy team and they didn’t give us the win easily, so beating them was really rewarding and it was an amazing game to start our state run with!”

With the knowledge of their next matchup, Carley already has lots of thoughts of how her team is going to tackle this. “I think our team has a lot of experience playing top-tier teams in the FCIAC, and with Conard being out of our conference, it’s hard to gauge what their playing level is, but I’m confident going into the game,” she said, “We’ve hung really tight with Greenwich, arguably the best team in the state, so I think channeling the same intense energy will help us in this next game.” Carley thinks that Trumbull’s energy will be their biggest weapon against Conard and in the rest of the state tournament. 

Trumbull has many strong players that will be key for their next matchups. In this game, captain Jaime McPartland recorded 15 kills along with 3 blocks. Captain Jaime Willix had 21 digs and setter Maggie Carley had 29 assists.

“Honestly I think today we played really well. We definitely pulled it together after the first set and we really picked it up, to push through the end.” Senior Jaime McPartland said about her team’s performance, “I think our front row was really on their a-game and our serving definitely helped us the most. 

Overall, the Eagles showed lots of talent in this game and look to continue this success through their remaining games of the CIAC state tournament.

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