The Greenwich Academy volleyball team has a goal of being the first team to reach five points, 10 points and 15 points in each set of its matches and it certainly succeeded in doing so Saturday against visiting Taft School.
Building sizeable leads in each game, Greenwich Academy played from in front throughout and increased its winning streak to six matches in the process.
GA ran its record to 8-2 with a 3-0 victory against NEPSAC foe Taft. Senior Evie Kay Girard recorded 12 kills, while senior Alexandra Trofort posted nine kills and 10 aces for the Gators, who won the match by set scores of 25-6, 25-10, 25-17.
“We always go back to our game against Hopkins, we had our energy up and we made sure that we played up against a big team and that was our focus against this team,” said Girard, one of GA’s senior captains. “We’ve been trying to stay consistent every since King and St. Luke’s and that’s been our goal and I think that we really accomplished that today.”
The team’s two losses came against FAA foes King and St. Luke’s, but since then they have reeled off six victories in a row.
“We always say first to five, first to 10, first to 15, just to make sure we keep our energy up and we don’t have to play catch-up,” Girard said.
GA didn’t have to play catch-up against Taft, as its offense was in sync and they stayed in system throughout.
“We gained a lot of momentum,” said Trofort, also a tri-captain. “We’ve been working on having a faster offense, which has been the main thing that’s been getting us to the point where we’re at now. We’ve seen a lot of improvement, so I’m proud of our progress.”
Sophomore Casey Brower also had a strong hitting day, tallying seven kills. Brower also provided stellar serving, notching five aces against Taft, which had trouble passing the serve.
Maddie Mendicina, a sophomore setter, helped keep the offense moving, posting 19 assists.
“Their chemistry and energy was phenomenal today,” GA coach Christy Girard said. “They had fun, they made their own challenges and played very clean today. Even when they’re out of system, they made some fantastic offensive plays. They had a lot of kills and they were just really super positive and aggressive. We are in a good place for the playoffs and New Englands.”
Indeed with an 8-2 record, Greenwich Academy is on pace to get a good seed in the FAA Tournament and qualify for the NEPSAC Tournament.
“Our team has become so bonded over the season,” GA senior tri-captain Miranda Calver said. “We’ve had injuries, we’ve had people out, but we’ve been able to get it together and we have been all been able to bond so well. We’re a great team going into FAAs. Today, we played our hardest once again and it was such a great win.”
Up next for GA is a home match against FAA foe Greens Farms Academy Monday at 4:30 p.m.