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The 2022 GameTimeCT All-State Boys Volleyball team. Compiled by Dave Stewart. Photos are Hearst Connecticut Media. Designed by Pete Paguaga and Sean Patrick Bowley.
PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Darien, Outside Hitter, Senior
Stats: Had team highs with 476 kills, 199 aces, and 202 digs this spring… Has 852 kills, 202 aces, 64 blocks and 370 digs in 152 sets during the past two seasons… Led Darien to a 26-0 record, 49 straight wins during the past two seasons, and back-to-back FCIAC and Class L championships.
Honors: Twice named to the All-FCIAC first team… An All-State selection in each of the past two seasons.
Off the court: Plays club volleyball in the winter… A wide receiver and kicker on the Blue Wave’s state championship football team.
Cheshire, Outside Hitter, Sophomore
Stats: Led Cheshire with 252 kills this spring… Collected 40 aces, 57 digs and 15 blocks.
Honors: Named to the All-SCC first team.
Off the court: Plays club volleyball with the Husky Volleyball Club… Has been named a Cheshire team captain for his junior season next spring.
Darien, Outside Hitter, Senior
Stats: Collected 263 kills, 68 aces and 163 digs this spring… Had 12 kills, three aces and seven digs in the Blue Wave’s 3-0 win over Trumbull for the FCIAC championship… Helped Darien win 49 straight matches with two league and two state titles the past two seasons… Finished career with 517 kills, 146 aces, and 358 digs.
Honors: Named the All-FCIAC first team as a junior and senior… Received All-State first team honors this year.
Off the court: Spring scholar-athlete the past two years… Eagle Scout… Plays for the Northeast Volleyball Club on the U18 team… A volunteer coach in mini-volleyball for kids… Editor of Darien’s Yearbook Club.
Darien, Setter, Sophomore
Stats: Racked up 788 assists in 26 matches, an average of 30 per contest… Also had 51 aces and 93 digs… Collected a combined 68 assists in two championship games, including 35 in the FCIAC final and 33 in the Class L final… Helped Darien complete its second straight unbeaten and win FCIAC and state titles.
Honors: Received All-FCIAC second team honors.
Off the court: A member of Darien’s Honor Our Heroes Club, which was formed to help local veterans and men and women in the military… Plays for the Northeast Volleyball Club.
Trumbull, Junior, Middle Hitter
Stats: Led the Eagles’ offense with 372 kills, while collecting 69 blocks for the defense… Also had 50 digs… Helped Trumbull finish with a 23-4 record and reach the finals of the FCIAC Class L tournaments.
Honors: Named to the All-FCIAC first team and the CHSCA All-State first team… A Rising Star All-Star Game selection.
Off the court: Runs the school store at Trumbull… A volunteer at the Trumbull Volleyball Camp during the summer… Also plays varsity ice hockey for the Eagles.
New Canaan, Libero, Senior
Stats: Led the Rams with 295 digs in 24 matches, an average of more than 12 per game… Also had 48 assists and 26 digs… Had a match-high 15 digs in a 3-2 win over Farmington in the Class M semifinals… Helped New Canaan go 16-7 and reach its first state final… Finished career with 583 digs, 52 aces and 68 assists in two seasons.
Honors: All-FCIAC first team in each of the past two seasons… All-State first team this spring… All-State second team as a junior.
Off the court: National Honor Society… Member of the Service League of Boys… Volunteers with Filling In The Blanks, an organization which goes to schools around the region and brings food and other necessities to kids who struggle to get meals on the weekend outside of school.
Up next: Will attend Santa Clara University in California and play club volleyball.
Joel Barlow, Setter, Senior
Stats: Quarterbacked the Barlow offense with 789 assists in 25 matches for a 31.4 average… Also had 149 digs, 23 blocks, 47 aces and 42 kills… Had 33 assists in the SWC final, and 31 in the Class M final… Amassed 1,362 assists and 210 digs during the past two seasons.
Honors: Twice named to the All-SWC first team and the All-State first team… The MVP of the SWC tournament final this spring.
Off the court: Earned the George J Maker Award… Played for the Falcons golf team in the fall.
Up next: Will play Division III volleyball at Roanoke College.
Xavier, Outside hitter/Defensive specialist, Senior
Stats: Led the Falcons with 282 kills 61 aces and 269 digs… Had 513 kills, 141 aces and 667 digs during his three-year high school career.
Cheshire, Setter/Opposite Hitter, Senior
Stats: Guided the Rams’ offense with 675 assists… Collected 56 digs, 50 aces and 47 kills… Team captain.
Honors: The SCC Player of the Year… Named to the All-SCC and All-State first team… New Haven Register All-Area MVP… Senior All-Star.
Off the court: Member of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society… Winner of the Greg Scena Memorial Scholarship… Also played for Cheshire’s football team.
Up next: Will study elementary education at Central Connecticut State University and plans on playing club volleyball.
Joel Barlow, Right Side Hitter, Junior
Stats: Led the Falcons with 76 aces and was second on the team with 273 kills… Also had 45 blocks and 150 digs… Had 14 kills, three aces, two blocks, and seven digs in Barlow’s 3-0 win over New Canaan in the Class M final.
Honors: Named to the All-SWC and All-State First Teams… Earned All-SWC and All-State cross country honors in the fall.
Off the court: Has earned high honors five times… Three times named to the honor roll…Won a state championship with Joel Barlow’s cross country team in the fall… Finished 12th in the Class M cross country race.
Newtown, Outside Hitter, Senior
Stats: Led the Nighthawks with 380 kills and 53 aces… Also contributed 13 blocks and 157 digs… Had 538 kills, 290 digs, 114 aces and 20 blocks during his high school career.
Honors: Named to the All-SWC first team in each of the past two seasons… An All-State first team selection this spring.
Joel Barlow, Outside Hitter, Senior
Stats: Led the Falcons with 313 kills… Was second on the team with 58 aces and 173 digs… Had a team-best 12 kills and added five digs in a 3-0 shutout of Masuk for the SWC championship… Collected 434 kills, 87 aces and 221 digs in his career… Helped lead the Falcons to 46 straight wins and two straight SWC and Class M championships.
Honors: Named to the All-SWC and All-State first teams.
Off the court: Member of the Joel Barlow Legacy Society… Made the honor roll in all 16 quarters of his high school career… A member of the Falcons’ golf team in the fall.
Up next: Will attend Indiana University in the fall.
- Rocco Bonadies, Ridgefield, Sophomore, Middle Hitter
- Alexander Cerdeira, Farmington, Senior, Libero
- Hery Chavez, Enfield, Senior, Libero
- Gianluca Giardina, Cheshire, Senior, Outside Hitter
- Ashdon Godoy, Staples, Junior, Libero
- Connor Ho, New Canaan, Senior, Setter
- Nate McCauley, Masuk, Junior, Outside Hitter
- Peter O’Brien, Xavier, Junior, Outside Hitter
- Kristap Priede, Ludlowe, Junior, Setter
- Drew Rancourt, Enfield, Senior, Outside Hitter
- Eric Rose, Glastonbury, Senior, Middle hitter
- Devon Schmidt, Farmington, Senior, Middle Hitter