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Greenwich High girls volleyball team drops tough match to Darien in FCIAC Tournament semifinals; Cardinals will host South Windsor in state tournament

Photo courtesy of Cindy Saleeby: Greenwich High School’s girls volleyball team reacts after winning a set against Darien in the FCIAC Tournament semifinals at Fairfield Ludlowe High School, recently.

The semifinal-round of the FCIAC Girls Volleyball Tournament saw Greenwich High put forth a strong effort against an undefeated Darien team, which hadn’t dropped a set all season entering the matchup.

The Cardinals did what no team has done so far this season, taking a game against the Blue Wave, but Darien kept its run toward an FCIAC title going, posting a hard-fought 3-1 win over fourth-seeded Greenwich in the semifinals, held at Fairfield Ludlowe High School on Thursday.

Darien is playing third-seeded Trumbull in today’s FCIAC final at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. Greenwich advanced to the semifinals by notching a 3-2 win over fifth-seeded Fairfield Ludlowe in the quarterfinals.

In the FCIAC semifinals against Darien, Greenwich senior outside hitter Maggie Saleeby registered 17 kills and seven digs to spark the squad’s offensive output.

Photo by Cindy Saleeby: Greenwich’s Izzy Erceg gets ready to serve against Darien.

Senior setter Lucia Spanjol recorded 28 assists, two digs and one block, while junior libero Hayley Dionis added 14 digs and two aces for the Cardinals against Darien.

Photo by Cindy Saleeby: Maggie Saleeby hits the ball over the net for Greenwich against Darien.

Junior Kassidy Bonney had eight kills and two blocks for Greenwich, which is seeded ninth in the CIAC Class LL Tournament. The Cardinals (17-5) won the Class LL tournament title in 2021.

Greenwich hosts No. 24 South Windsor in Monday’s opening round game of the Class LL Tournament.

Photo by Cindy Saleeby: Greenwich advanced to the FCIAC Tournament semifinals.

If Greenwich beats South Windsor, it plays the Shelton-Maloney winner in Thursday’s Round of 16 match.

Photo by Cindy Saleeby: Greenwich’s Jennifer Andaya delivers a kill against Darien.

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