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Boys Volleyball Greenwich hoping to make mark in tough FCIAC

March 30, 2019

Greenwich has taken significant steps toward becoming a formidable team on the volleyball court in the FCIAC the past several seasons and this spring, it’s hoping to continue to ascend.

The Cardinals won eight matches in 2018 and qualified for the CIAC Class L Tournament, but this season, they’re out for more.

“We are looking to fight for one of the six spots in the FCIAC Tournament,” Cardinals coach Peter Georgiou said. “Making FCIACs is definitely one of our goals, as well as states, which we made last season.”

Said GHS junior tri-captain Nicholas Bueti: “We definitely want to show our skills, work as a team and have Greenwich known as a volleyball team.”

Last season saw the Cardinals register a record of 8-12 during the regular season, which qualified them to compete in the Class L Tournament. They drew Newtown, which wound up advancing to the semifinals, and lost to the Nighthawks, 3-0. Also captaining this year’s Cards are senior Chris Mark and junior Jack Doss.

The 6-foot-4 Mark is one of several players on the squad, that competed on the school’s basketball team in the winter.

“Since we have some kids from the basketball team we have a lot of height,” Mark said. “And the players that we have on the team from last year will bring their knowledge to the new players this season.”

The new season began on Saturday for the Cardinals, as they visited FCIAC foe Fairfield Warde.

Here’s a look at this season’s squad.

POSITIONS: Sophomore Whit Courage (6-foot-3), who was highly productive in his freshman year, is a versatile player. He should see a lot of action as an outside hitter and can play libero and setter as well.

“Whit played club during the offseason and you can see the tremendous improvement he made,” Mark said.

Mark begins his second season as a middle hitter and the 6-1 Bueti will mainly line up as an outside hitter.

“We have some newer players this season, so we are changing up our program and making everything different for the newer players and the older players are adjusting nicely,” Bueti said.

Junior Ben Howarth and Doss, a middle/outside hitter return as does senior Luis Mercado, who will play on the right side. Junior Adrian Munoz begins his first season at the team’s libero and sophomore Anthony Bueti, Nicholas’ brother, joins the squad.

Senior Oliver Milledge, who was a 6-6 center on the Cards’ basketball team, starts his first season on the squad, where he could be force as a blocker in the front row.

Kai Jennings and Hikaru Dunham, both seniors, will add depth. Junior Manuel Ortiz Bonilla and senior Marlo Garcia are setters. Graduation claimed two-year captain Aidan Munnelly from last season’s squad.

“Right now, we need to tighten up our serve and serve receive,” Georgiou said. “We are showing a lot of communication and teamwork. They jelling much than they were at this point last year. It’s a matter of them pushing each other every day and making each other better.”

CAPTAIN’S COMMENTS: “Once we get our communication down, I feel like we’ll have a good system going and we’ll work hard every game,” Nicholas Bueti said.

Said Mark: “Last year we made states, we accomplished that goal. This year we want to make FCIACs and states. We’re fighting for bigger and better ambitions.”

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