Fall sports

Sacred Heart Greenwich volleyball team sweeps Rye Country Day in season-opener

Kaitlin Robinson, left, and Martina Bernal are among the returning players on Sacred Heart’s volleyball team.

Sacred Heart Greenwich’s volleyball team began its 2022 season in fine form, sweeping past visiting Rye Country Day School, 3-0, in an FAA match held on Wednesday.

The Tigers (1-0) won the match by set scores of 25-4, 25-12, 25-8. Sophomore outside hitter Grace Gapen registered eight kills, six service aces and five digs to pace Sacred Heart. Martina Bernal, a senior outside hitter, recorded five service aces, six digs and two kills, while junior setter/libero had seven service aces, 13 assists, three digs and one kill in the winning effort.

Sisters Martina and Emilia Bernal are the captains of the Tigers, who have a lot of road games upcoming. Sacred Heart will travel to Loomis Chaffee School on Saturday for a 3 p.m. match, then will visit Hamden Hall Country Day School on Monday at 4:15 p.m. and will be on the road for a matchup against Deerfield Academy and Buckingham Browne & Nichols on Sept. 24 at Deerfield.

Road games against FAA rival King School (Sept. 28) and Taft School (Oct. 1) follow. SHG will be at home again on Oct. 3 against neighborhood FAA foe Greenwich Country Day School.

The Tigers’ roster includes: Emilia Bernal, Martina Bernal, Annie Cornell, Emerson Eckert, Evangelyn Forte, Grace Gapen, Cait Haggerty, Jane Murphy, Ana Pizzimbono, Josephine Prinz, Kaitlin Robinson and Brianna Timlin.

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