Fermi boys' volleyball bests Enfield on Senior Night

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Fri., May. 18, 2012
Enfield senior captain Hugh Lindo jump serves in a matchup against crosstown rival Fermi on Fermi's Senior Day. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Enfield senior captain Hugh Lindo jump serves in a matchup against crosstown rival Fermi on Fermi's Senior Day. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Enrico Fermi High School boys’ volleyball (12-3) team downed the Enfield High School Raiders (12-4) three games to one (26-24, 18-25, 25-22, 25-20) on May 17 to sweep the season series. With the Falcons' Senior Day victory, they leapfrogged Enfield for sole possession of third place in the Class M rankings, and Enfield dropped into fifth place.

“They knew they had to win this game if they want a high seed in the tournament,” Pyznar said. “They worked hard and pulled it together.”

Enfield jumped out to an early 5-2 lead in the first game, highlighted by senior Hugh Lindo’s ace on a jump serve. Fermi would knot the score up at 9 apiece on a kill by senior Greg Zaylor. Fermi would take the lead at 20-19 on a kill by senior Stephen Ballard. Enfield tried to play the role of spoiler, regaining the lead 22-20 after kills by juniors Kyle Maynard and Kevin Camidge, prompting Fermi head coach Alexandra Pyznar to call a timeout. Fermi responded with a 6-2 run to end the game 26-24, highlighted by consecutive kills by Zaylor.

In the second game, Enfield got out of the gates early with a 3-1 advantage. Fermi tied the game at 7-7 with a Zaylor kill. The two teams went back and forth until three miss-hits in a row put the Falcons down 16-19, prompting another timeout. This time Fermi would not respond to the adversity and fell 25-18. Enfield’s late-game spurt was led by three kills from Lindo and two service aces.

Fermi took a 9-6 lead in the third game but Enfield battled back to take the lead 17-16 on a Lindo kill. Fermi maintained their composure and weathered the storm taking a 20-18 lead, forcing Enfield head coach Judy Joslin to call the timeout. Fermi came out of the timeout and maintained their momentum on two blocks from senior Austin Davis. The Falcons won the game 25-22 on a Zaylor kill.

In the fourth game, Enfield came out strong, taking a 3-0 lead on a kill and block by Lindo. The teams would battle back and forth before the Falcons took a 20-18 lead on hitting errors from Enfield. Joslin called a timeout to prepare them for a late game run, but the Raiders were unable to make a push and fell 25-20.

Fermi was led by Zaylor, who had 18 kills, as well as senior Cody Brown, with six points, three kills and 36 assists. Enfield was led by Lindo, with 15 kills and three blocks. Enfield also received strong contributions from senior Tyler DeMontigny, with 38 assists, and junior Jason Xiong, with 10 kills and seven digs.

“He [Zaylor] has a great game every time,” Pyznar said. “He’s there every time we need something. They were all there tonight, which is what makes this win.”

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