After the Ridgefield High boys volleyball team extended its winning streak to nine matches with a 3-0 home victory over Fairfield Ludlowe on Monday evening, senior captain Andrew Knachel gave a verbal heat check.

"When we play with energy and fire we become a very difficult team to stop," said Knachel, the Tigers' setter. "It's easy to put out a candle [but] much more difficult to suppress an inferno. That's why energy is such a big key for us."

Ridgefield's 3-0 triumph came by scores of 25-10, 25-14, and 25-12.

"It was a whole team effort today," said Ridgefield head coach Lidania Cibere, whose squad improved to 12-2 overall. "I was able to get everyone in [the match]."

"We struggled with serving to start but found our groove once we became more consistent at the back line," said senior captain Christian DeVivo, who had a team-high 13 kills. "Eric von Recklinghausen had a few decent [serving] runs that shot us into the lead, and Chris Knachel had some smart hitting to keep those runs going."

Von Recklinghausen contributed 19 service points, including an ace, while Chris Knachel had six service points, six kills and three digs.

Thomas Groves added six kills, and Will Hunter finished with a team-best five digs.

Andrew Knachel had a strong all-around match with 24 assists, four aces, three kills, two blocks, and two digs.

"I thought our energy was solid, as it has been in the last few matches, thanks to the great support we get from guys like Lucas Debarbieri and Will Hunter," said Andrew Knachel.

"As a team we get better and smarter with each touch," said DeVivo. "And [we] look to make a serious disturbance in the playoffs."

Notes: Andrew Masciotti had three digs and two aces for Ridgefield, while Shane Meyer, Cameron Scott and Evan Jones added two kills apiece, and Max Stafford had five assists.


Press Sports Correspondent JB Blood contributed to this story.