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Volleyball

October 2, 2018

Serving and passing efficiently, while playing solid defense enabled the Greenwich High girls volleyball team to get right back on the winning track, after falling to St. Joseph last week.

Carrying the momentum most of the match and playing as coach Steve Lapham said, “one of our cleaner matches this year,” Greenwich defeated visiting Staples, 3-0, in an FCIAC matchup on Monday.

Sophomore Lilly Saleeby registered a team-high 15 kills, while freshman Adele Sotgiu posted eight kills to lead the Cardinals (6-3). Seniors Erin O’Keefe and Gianna Alfano added four kills apiece for Greenwich, which won the match by game scores of 25-21, 25-14, 25-13.

Erin Morrissey, a senior, had two blocks, as did O’Keefe for the victors. Sotgiu tallied five digs and senior libero Carolina Lew had six digs and effective defensive play in the winning effort.

Staples (6-3) was led by senior Bella Jagenberg in the middle, who posted seven kills and three service points. Junior Jane Van Arsedale had four kills and three service points, while junior Mallory Legg notched 10 digs for the Wreckers. Also leading the visitors was senior Maddie McCarry (three service points, three kills).

Following the first set, GHS jumped out to a 21-9 lead in the second. Saleeby ended the second set with a kill.

“Our serving was strong and it kept the out of system,” Lapham said. “They couldn’t get it to 19 (Jagenberg), because we were hitting our spots with our serve and keeping them out of system.”

With Saleeby, Sotgiu and O’Keefe sparking the squad, Greenwich jumped out to a 10-3 advantage in the third game.

“Toward the last two sets, we were getting our serves in and our passing was good,” Saleeby said. “Everything was clicking. We were putting the ball up there, no matter how hard the serve was. We had a little bump in the road with that loss to St. Joe, so we knew we had to fight back and get another win on our record.”

Said Sotgiu: “We really came together and played well. We didn’t have a lot of service errors and we played a clean match, which is what we were hoping for.”

The final set ended the same way the second one did, with a Saleeby kill.

dfierro@greenwichtime.com

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