GREENWICH — After sweeping St. Joseph for the FCIAC championship on Saturday, the Greenwich High School girls volleyball team began its journey toward, what it hopes is, its second title on Monday.
And the Cardinals did so in sweeping fashion.
Sixth-seeded Greenwich advanced to the Round of 16 of the CIAC Class LL tournament, posting an impressive 3-0 victory over No. 27 Darien in an opening-round match.
The host Cardinals won the match by set scores of 25-19, 25-17, 25-6. Senior Maggy Egan recorded 11 kills and five service points, while senior Tara Ford registered 11 kills to pace Greenwich, which also defeated Darien during the regular season.
Junior Amelia Bartlett had five kills and six service points, senior Erika Hauschild had 22 service points, including seven aces and senior libero Adnerys De Jesus notched 20 digs, 12 service points and four aces to also lead the Cardinals (20-4).
“We want to win the state title as much as we wanted to win FCIACs, so we keep pushing ourselves to make sure we are determined to win every single game,” said GHS co-captain/setter Nicole Wood, who helped her team efficiently run its offense. “Darien has been a strong program for many years and we knew they would come out strong.”
Following the first set, Greenwich seized leads of 7-1 and 12-2 in the second. Conscutive kills from Ford gave the home team a 22-15 later in the opening game. Freshman Lillian Saleeby’s kill closed out the second game.
“We had a lot of focus and we worked well together,” said Ford, a tri-captain. “We tried our hardest to mix it up and kept them on their toes by using some tips, since they are used to deep balls.”
Greenwich dominated the third game, jumping out to a 9-1 advantage and never looking back. De Jesus had five consecutive service points, including an ace, to seal the win. Senior Caroline Martzolf had 11 digs, two kills and two service points, while Kelly Arevalo added three kills, four digs and two service points for Darien. Lindsey Bennett contributed six service points, including five aces, and had four digs for the Blue Wave.
“I definitely think we can do better and today was a wake-up call,” said Egan a tri-captain. “After winning the FCIAC championship and knowing what that feeling is like, we want to win states that much more.”
GREENWICH 3, DARIEN 0
DARIEN 19 17 6
GREENWICH 25 25 25