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Wilton hands Greenwich High girls volleyball team its first loss of the season

Photo by David Fierro: The Greenwich girls volleyball team reacts after a point against Wilton on Oct. 27, 2021.

Greenwich High School’s volleyball team entered Wednesday’s match against visiting Wilton with a 17-0 record and had won 29 consecutive matches dating back to the 2020 season.

Yet the Cardinals, who have posted 3-0 victories in 15 of its matches this season, saw their win streak come to an end when Wilton came to town Wednesday evening.

Wilton halted Greenwich’s success streak, posting an impressive 3-0 road win on the Cardinals’ Senior Night. The Warriors won the match by set scores of 25-22, 25-21, 25-18.

“They were stronger at the net, they were blocking us,” Greenwich coach Steve Lapham said. “They were playing over passes and putting them down. Our hitting wasn’t as consistent as it had been.”

Senior Adele Sotgiu registered 19 kills, while senior Liana Sarkissian also tallied 19 kills for Greenwich (17-1), which is in first place in the FCIAC. Junior Maggie Saleeby had five kills and two aces for the Cardinals.

Wilton reacts after winning a point in its road match against Greenwich on Oct. 27, 2021.

Wilton was powered by junior Kendall Scholz, who registered 10 service points, including one ace and notched nine kills and 14 digs.

“This was a big game and they played with a big game mentality,” Wilton coach Steve Brienza said. “We talked a lot about closing out matches and finishing games and playing every aspect of the game. I thought we passed well, we hit well, we moved the ball around and I was really happy with the way we played defensively and on serve receive and offense tonight.”

Senior Ruth Briglin had 13 kills, six digs and one block, while junior Caitlin Allen added 15 service points, four aces, eight kills and three blocks for Wilton (14-4).

“Our defense and our serve receive all did a fabulous job of doing their job tonight,” Brienza said. “Greenwich is a tough, tough team.”

Following the match, Greenwich honored seniors Sotgiu, Sarkissian, Sophie Jones and Madellyn Kruper.

“Adele is a remarkable four-year player, Liana is a powerful player, Sophie Jones our right side has done a great job, along with Madellyn Kruper our utility player,” Lapham said. “Adele has set many of the volleyball records at GHS, as a four year-player, starter. She’ll leave her legacy here for sure, as will Liana.”

Greenwich celebrated its Senior Day against Wilton on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021.

Greenwich is right back in action today against St. Joseph in Trumbull at 5:30 p.m.

“We’re going to learn from this, you learn more from a loss than a win,” Lapham said. “We are going to put this one behind us and get back to work.”

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