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Greenwich High volleyball team remains undefeated with home win vs. McMahon

Photo by David Fierro: Hayley Dionis, a libero, helped spark Greenwich’s volleyball team to victory against McMahon.

The season of perfection continues for Greenwich High School’s girls volleyball team.

The defending FCIAC and Class LL champion Cardinals, who posted a record of 26-1 last season, are soaring again, sporting a perfect record through nine matches so far this fall.

Greenwich’s latest decisive victory came Monday against a tough Brien McMahon team, posting a 3-0 win against the visiting Senators. The Cardinals, who upped their record to 9-0, won the match by set scores of 25-16, 25-19, 26-24.

“I thought that our serve receive and defense were really, really good, we just need to come together a little bit more with that energy,” Greenwich coach Marianna Linnehan said. “I told them, this game is going to be a completely different game from when we first saw them. We knew they were going to come out stronger and get in their groove. Our defense and serve receive was very good.”

Photo by David Fierro: Maggie Saleeby helped propel Greenwichs’ volleyball team past Brien McMahon.

Senior tri-captain Maggie Saleeby recorded 15 kills, 10 digs and two aces for Greenwich, which hosts FCIAC foe Fairfield Warde tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. Junior libero Hayley Dionis was a defensive spark against McMahon, tallying 11 digs, to go along with two aces.

“Today, we really picked it up in terms of scrappiness, we were always on our toes,” Dionis. “We really came together as a team and we were always ready to back each other up and help each other out when we needed it.”

“The first set went really smoothly,” Dionis continued. “Our serve receive was on point, our defense was great and our hitting was great. It was just a great effort all-around.”

Katherine Ford, also a senior tri-captain, notched seven kills, 17 digs and two aces for the Cards.

“We did a great job on serve receive and we did a good job of playing together and being scrappy,” Ford said. “We really started getting excited and cheering after points. That helped us get excited.”

Photo by David Fierro: Katherine Ford is one of the leaders of Greenwich’s undefeated volleyball team.

Indeed, besides excelling at the net, passing the serve and defensive play have been assets for the Cardinals thus far.

“Our serve receive and defense we did a good job of keeping the ball off the ground and putting up good balls for the setter,” Ford said.

Sophomore Alina Sarkissian had five kills in the winning effort.

“I thought it was great,” Saleeby said of the match. “We had a lot of unity today, we were clicking together and working hard. We definitely wanted to end it in three, but McMahon really started pushing the pedal, their defense was working great. So, we had to connect our passing to our hitting and that’s what caused us to win.”

Following their match against Warde tomorrow, Greenwich travels to Trumbull on Saturday for an 11:30 a.m. match.

“Warde will definitely be a tough match, they’re definitely on the rise this year,” Saleeby said. “We just have to stay disciplined with all of our key principles. We had to be really scrappy against McMahon, because they place balls really well and I think Hayley did a great job.”

Dionis said: “From the beginning of the season, I feel like we’ve come so far and only good things are to come from here.”

“It’s really exciting, hopefully it stays that way, because we have some tough matches,” Ford said of the team’s undefeated record. “But I’m excited.”

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