Fermi volleyball extends winning streak to seven

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., May. 10, 2012
Senior Austin Davis sets a ball from the back row. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Senior Austin Davis sets a ball from the back row. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Enrico Fermi High School volleyball team downed the Maloney Spartans three games to none (25-15, 25-16, 25-18) on May 7 to extend their season-high winning streak. The Falcons have reeled off seven straight wins after an away loss to South Windsor. Fermi has only lost three games out of a possible 21 during the winning streak.

“After our loss to South Windsor, they told themselves that we are a good team and we have to stop saying that we are going to win every game because they have to earn it, it’s not going to be given to us,” said head coach Alexandra Pyznar. “Today they played really well and earned the victory.”

The victory over Maloney gives the Falcons an overall record of 8-2, third place in the state Class M rankings. The Falcons are currently in first place in the Central Connecticut Conference East with a record of 4-1.

“It’s tough sometimes when you play a team that has good players and they have those good plays, but they are having a down year,” Pyznar said. “It’s tough to stay up and be positive, but they did a nice job.”

Fermi was led by senior captain Cody Brown. The setter led the team with 30 assists and 10 points on six service aces and four kills. “It’s always Cody Brown standing out,” Pyznar said. “He calls all the plays; he makes sure everyone is ready to go.”

Fermi jumped out to an early 7-1 advantage in the first match, which grew to a 16-3 advantage behind the serving of senior Austin Davis. Maloney would close the lead to 7, at 20-13, but the Falcons finished the game strong, including a block from senior captain Josh Cheney and two kills by Davis to end the match 25-15.

Davis finished the day with five digs and seven points on five kills and two aces. Cheney ended with five digs, 10 kills and three aces.

In the second game, Fermi fell behind early 1-3 but battled back to a 5-5 tie before senior Daryl Biron came to serve and give the Falcons a 10-6 edge. Maloney would keep the game within four points until Fermi flexed their muscles and extended their lead to 18-11 on a Biron spike before ending the game 25-16.

Biron had six kills and three digs in the match. “Daryl had one of his best games,” Pyznar said.

In the final game, Fermi jumped out to an early 4-1 lead behind the serving of Brown. They continued to play well, extending the lead to 9-3 on a kill by senior Greg Zaylor. Maloney answered with some strong serving to close the lead to 16-11. With Maloney fighting back, Fermi relied on Zaylor, Cheney and senior captain John Bowen to get them to match point. The match ended 25-18 on a Maloney hitting error.

Zaylor finished the game with nine kills and seven digs, and Bowen added eight points, four aces and two digs.

“We have some more home games coming up, so we're hoping to win straight out, but we're just taking it one game at a time,” Pyznar said.


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