Trumbull High didn\u2019t have to play a perfect match, but the No. 2 seeded Eagles came close in winning their first FCIAC championship with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-13) victory over No 1 seeded Westhill High in Fairfield on Saturday. \u201cOur goal was to keep the pressure on,\u201d Trumbull High head coach Nicole Trommelen said. \u201cWe wanted to take the game to them. We kept the ball alive on our side. We were inspired. I only ask the girls to play hard. I don\u2019t ask them to be perfect.\u201d Game MVP and sophomore setter Ali Castro had 36 assists, senior co-captain and hitter Krystina Schueler had 15 kills, and senior co-captain and libero Rachel Hage had 11 digs to lead the Eagles (18-3), who last played for a league title in 1999. \u201cIt was such an honor to set for this team,\u201d Castro said. \u201cI remember walking into the gym the first day of practice and having my eyes almost pop out of my head when I saw the way Krys was hitting the ball. \u201cRachel is such an amazing libero. She was the setter, switched positions, and helped me so much. We have such a great passing team with Rachel, Julia Roberto (12 kills, 2 blocks), Bailey Cenatiempo, Ashleigh Johnson and Hailey Angelucci.\u201d Schueler, who added three blocks and a pair of aces, said, \u201cThe whole thing is a little surreal, considering we hadn\u2019t been here since \u201899. I\u2019m so proud of my teammates. We worked so hard for this. Our passing and defense was great all game.\u201d Hage has been the steadiest of Eagles. \u201cThe key today was that when we did make a mistake, we bounced right back,\u201d she said. \u201cThat wasn\u2019t the case in the semifinals and that is why it went five. Our defense gets our confidence up, and then our offense can put it away. It we keep the ball alive and get it to Ali, we know that Krys, Julia, Bailey, Lauren (Haslam) or Lindsay (Gibbs) will put it away.\u201d To win the title, Trumbull had to vanquish two opponents that had bested it in the regular season. In the semifinals, the Eagles topped Fairfield Ludlowe 3-2 after the Falcons had won 3-0 in the earlier meeting. Westhill had swept Trumbull in its meeting. Coach Marianna Linnehan\u2019s Vikings brought a 20-2 record into the final. \u201cWe expected it to go five,\u201d Trommelen replied when asked if she had expected a sweep. \u201cWesthill was the team to beat. Last time they took the game to us; this time we wanted to take the game to them. We kept our composure. That last point in game two propelled us forward in game three.\u201d Trumbull won game one 25-22 after the set was tied at 22-all. The juncture in game two that Trommelen pointed to, came with Westhill\u2019s Nikki Newcomer (8 kills) serving for her third consecutive game-saving point and Trumbull in the lead 24-22. The long rally saw the Eagles\u2019 Angelucci stop the ball from hitting the floor with a right arm dig. The point resumed with the Vikings\u2019 Sanjana Nayak (8 kills) and Betsy Sachs (5 kills) hitting tough spikes. Lindsay Gibbs twice came up with saves, and Castro and Roberto had digs. Hage\u2019s pass to Castro resulted in an outside set to Roberto, who earned set point with a kill. How the point was earned is the keystone to how Trommelen envisions the game should be played. \u201cWe [assistant coach Tom Zultowski] preached from day one that players one through eighteen were vital to this team,\u201d she said. \u201cFor every time we get an easy point, there is the time we get the block covered by Lauren Haslam or Lindsay Gibbs, or get a sideline play from Hailey Angelucci or Ashleigh Johnson. \u201dThey began to trust each other. They knew the ball couldn\u2019t touch the floor and worked on it. It\u2019s been a pleasure to watch the team grow into a unit.\u201d Neither team could create point separation from their rival until Cenatiempo stepped the service line at 11-8 and posted seven consecutive winners. The sophomore had two aces during the run. After a long series of side outs, Trumbull played its winning number 33-27-26 (Hage pass, Castro set, Schueler kill) twice before Roberto ended the match with a tip to the middle of the defense. Game notes: Schueler had three service winners midway through the second rotation to give Trumbull its first lead in game one at 13-12. Cenatiempo added three points, before Castro served out the win with an ace. In the second set, Cenatiempo answered a four-point run by the Vikings\u2019 Sophia Thagouras with three of her own. Included in that stretch was a brilliant save deep in the corner by Johnson. Castro had four winners early in the third set, including an ace for a 6-2 advantage.