Fall sports

Greenwich High girls volleyball team earns road win against Darien in matchup of unbeaten FCIAC rivals

Greenwich continued its undefeated volleyball season by posting a victory against host Darien on Oct. 13, 2021.

Undefeated Greenwich traveled to faced undefeated Darien today in a key FCIAC volleyball match and after four games were completed, it was the Cardinals who were still on pace to enjoy a perfect season.

Receiving standout performances from numerous athletes, Greenwich improved its record to 13-0 with a 3-1 road win over Darien. The Cardinals won the match by set scores of 25-20, 25-18, 19-25, 25-19.

“We came out and were serving really well and were passing and hitting solid, so we got off to a great start,” Cardinals coach Steve Lapham said. “Darien is super on defense, but we kept them out of system. We served well and served aggressive.”

Senior tri-captain outside hitter Adele Sotgiu registered 11 kills, six digs and sparked Greenwich in the all-important serve receive department. Darien has a record of 10-1 on the season.

“Adele is so consistent,” Lapham said. “She passed very well.”

Liana Sarkissian, a senior middle blocker, posted 13 kills, 11 digs and three blocks to power the Cardinals to their latest triumph.

“Liana has worked hard in the offseason and she has developed her athleticism and movement around the court,” Lapham said. “She is one of our top passers as well at the middle, which is a credit to her and the hard work she puts in. Of course, she can also just go up the top and pound the ball.”

Senior tri-captain Sophie Jones recorded four aces and four kills, while junior outside hitter Maggie Saleeby tallied four kills and eight digs in the winning effort. Junior setter Lucia Spanjol helped initiate the offense with 36 assists.

“It was a total team effort,” Lapham said of the win. “Whenever you go into Darien and get a win, it’s important. It doesn’t happen very often.”

Greenwich’s serving was also on point. Sotgiu had 10 servce points, sophomore Grace Darnow posted nine service points, Sarkissian had 13 service points and Jones had six. Saleeby and Spanjol each added five service points.

“We’re getting better each day,” Lapham said. “Today, we stepped up from our last match.”

Greenwich will look for its 14th straight win to start the season when it hosts Ridgefield Friday at 5:30 p.m.

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