The Sacred Heart Greenwich volleyball team celebrated its Senior Day in impressive fashion on Saturday.
Receiving contributions from all of their players, the Tigers topped visiting Hotchkiss School, 3-0. Sacred Heart paid tribute to its six seniors, who have meant a great deal to the program – Lucy Catalano, Jules Ingram, Caroline Hisler, Natalie Becue, Cailin Gordon and Elisa Taylor.
It was a great day yesterday,” Sacred Heart coach Beth Wilson-Jordan said. “The underclassmen did a super job helping to make it a special day for the seniors. As a team, we played well and it was a total team effort with all 14 members of the team contributing to our 3-0 win against Hotchkiss, a team ranked ahead of us in the Class A NEPSAC rankings.”
Sacred Heart won the match, 25-15, 25-21, 25-20.
“Hotchkiss played tough defense and made our offense earn points. They had hustle and great pursuit. Our team passed very well and our hitting was strong.”
Grace Gapen registered 16 kills and five digs, while Emilia Bernal had 10 kills, nine digs, two assists and two aces for the victors.
Kaitlin Robinson posted eight kills and one block, while Catalano finished with seven kills. Ingram tallied three kills and one dig, Martina Bernal had two kills and Evangelyn notched 39 assists, three aces and six digs in the winning effort.
“Our team really brought an energy and team spirit that lit up the court,” Wilson-Jordan said. “It was the perfect combination of senior day excitement, playing at home before parents and friends and pure joy of playing quality volleyball. It was evident from the start, the team really wanted the win and they worked for it.”
“Evangelyn Forte ran the offense, putting up consistently hittable balls and was supported by serve receive and defensive efforts of Giselle Ondieki (5 aces, 7 digs) Anne Cornell (1 ace, 4 digs) and Caroline Hisler,” Wilson-Jordan continued. Natalie Becue (1 ace), Elisa Taylor (1 ace) and Cailin Gordon provided serving and defensive support.”
Sacred Heart’s record is 9-7. They play their last regular season match against Miss Porter’s School on Friday night.
“I’m hoping we can bring the energy and level of play of this past Saturday to these last two weeks of the season for a strong finish,” Wilson-Jordan said.