Six matches into its season, the Greenwich High School girls volleyball team is undefeated and looking every bit like a squad that’s on a mission.
The Cardinals, who are determined to contend for the FCIAC and Class LL titles, haven’t dropped a single game in any of its matches and have clearly shown they are one of the teams to beat in the FCIAC and state. A season after posting a perfect 12-0 record, Greenwich sports a 6-0 mark, after sweeping visiting Brien McMahon, 3-0, Tuesday in an FCIAC matchup.
Senior middle blocker Liana Sarkissian recorded nine kills and two ace, while junior outside hitter Maggie Saleeby posted five kills to pace the Cardinals, who won the match by game scores of 25-17, 25-11, 25-15.
“It was a good game, but I think we weren’t playing our best, we were making a lot of unforced errors,” said Sarkissian, a tri-captain. “We cleaned it up a little bit in the second and third set, but we really have to focus on our serve receive.”
The Cardinals did just that as the match wore on and it showed, as their offense became more efficient. Tuesday’s match marked the second time this season Greenwich beat McMahon, 3-0.
“They’re definitely a tough team,” Brien McMahon coach Peter Georgiou said. “We played them better this time than last time. We just have a couple of things we have to iron out. Our serving was off today, but our defense was really good . This was a good test, it shows us where we stand.”
Said Greenwich coach Steve Lapham: “Their serves were tough, they tested our pass. But our girls hung in there and stayed calm. We kept the runs down to a minimum, our offense was good when we passed decent.”
Senior tri-captain Sophie Jones tallied two aces, as did junior Katherine Ford for the Cardinals, who carried the momentum the majority of each set. Sophomore Kassidy Bonney added two blocks and junior setter Lucia Spanjol ignited the offense, recording 23 assists.
“It was a good match, we had some setbacks, but it’s all helping us for states and FCIACs,” Saleeby said. “They were really serving strong, We definitely had to fix our serve receives that was a little rough, but once we got that, then we can make a play off that. Also getting those serves really helped us.”
In the first game, Greenwich took leads of 6-3 and 9-3 on kills by Sarkissian and Saleeby. Greenwich widened its advantage on strong serving by Saleeby, going ahead, 13-4. McMahon had its best moments of the match in the first game, going on a 7-0 run to close to within 13-11.
Freshman Haley Mario rang up seven straight service points, including an ace, to spark McMahon’s rally. Senior libero Camille Legnani, one of the captains, also paced McMahon. A block by Senators junior Alysha Price made it 13-11, but Sarkissian stopped the run with a kill.
Later in the opening game, kills by Jones and Sarkissian gave the home team a 22-15 edged, before it closed out the game.
The second game saw Greenwich play from ahead throughout. Effective serving from senior tri-captain Adele Sotgiu and kills by Saleeby and Sarkissian helped keep the Cards in control. In the third and final game, the Cardinals jumped out in front, 9-3, 14-5 and 19-9 on their way to the win.
Greenwich should be tested when it visits Fairfield Ludlowe on Thursday. The Falcons are flying high thus far, as they sport a record of 4-0, heading into Thursday’s match.
“I’m really excited for Ludlowe and for our games to come in the FCIAC,” Sarkissian said.
“Thursday, that’s going to be a tough test up there,” Lapham added. 4 or 4:30. “We will be tested every point.”