Edged by Fairfield Warde by one game last month, Greenwich High School’s boys volleyball team returned the favor when the teams met again on Wednesday.
The Cardinals earned their third win of the season in impressive fashion, posting a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the visiting Mustangs in an FCIAC matchup.
Greenwich (3-7) won the match by game scores of 25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 20-25, 17-15.
“It was a super close game and it was a very important one too, because earlier in the season we lost to Warde in a five set match and we lost the final set,” Greenwich junior outside hitter Ben Bowers said. “Taking it here was really important for us, because with Warde it’s always a close game. Recently we’ve been in a rough patch, so it was very exciting for us to come back and get a win.”
James Kovac, a sophomore, recorded a team-high 12 kills, while Bowers, a co-captain and senior Ashton Monteiro each notched seven kills for the Cardinals, who have won two out of their last three matches, heading into today’s home matchup against New Canaan. Greenwich dropped a 3-2 decision to Warde on April 13 in Fairfield.
In the fifth and deciding set, Greenwich took the lead for good at 7-6 on Monteiro’s kill. With Bowers serving, the Cardinals took the next point to go ahead, 8-6. After the Mustangs closed to within 8-7, the Cardinals won the next four points to seize a 12-7 advantage. Leading 15-14, Warde was on the cusp of pulling out the match in the fifth game, but a key kill by Greenwich senior Kaua Fernandes evened the score at 15-15.
The Cards proceeded to take the next two points and the match.
Fernandes finished the match with five kills, while junior Ricardo Filho posted four kills for Greenwich, which needs to put together a winning streak in order to qualify for the CIAC Class L Tournament. Junior co-captain Jack Konigsberg tallied 24 assists in the winning effort.
“We really needed that win, coming off a couple of heartbreakers,” Konigsberg said. “We really want to make states. We have a tough schedule ahead, which we have to take seriously. I think we need four or five more wins to make states.”
“The last time we played them we lost 3-2, so it was good coming back and beating them 3-2,” Konigsberg added. “It was nice to see our team overcome adversity and get the win.”
Following today’s match against New Canaan, Greenwich visits Darien Monday and Ridgefield Tuesday, then hosts Norwalk Wednesday and Bridgeport Central on Friday.
“I think we passed very well,” Bowers said. “We struggled with passing in previous games. Everyone had the drive to win, we were all on the same mental plane.”