Undefeated in the FAA entering Monday’s league tournament quarterfinal-round match against visiting St. Luke’s, Greenwich Academy kept its perfect record intact against its familiar volleyball foes.
Using effective serving and strong defensive play, top-seeded host Greenwich Academy registered a 3-0 win over eighth-seeded St. Luke’s in the FAA Tournament quarterfinals.
GA won by games scores of 25-13, 25-16, 25-15.
The Gators (12-4) earned a spot in the tournament’s semifinal-round where they will host fourth-seeded King School, the defending FAA Tournament champion. King topped fifth-seeded School of the Holy Child, 25-13, 25-20, 31-29 in Monday’s quarterfinals.
Greenwich Academy defeated King, 3-0, on Sept. 29, ending King’s long run of success against FAA opponents. In Monday’s match against St. Luke’s, the Gators utilized an efficient serve-receive and were solid offensively, throughout.
“There was no hesitation today, which was key,” GA senior Madlin Decker said. “In practice we were focusing on not letting the ball drop, as if it were a game and that’s what made us more competitive and less hesitant today.”
Added senior Grace Ryan, who also sparked the squad: “The first and third game we came out strong and our defense was rocking today. We were picking up every ball and every tip. They couldn’t trick us. The second match we came out a little weaker, but we came back and caught up.”
Freshman Evie Kay Girard, sophomore Valeska Lasky, senior Kate Miele and freshman Whitney Wise were among some of GA’s other standouts against the Storm.
“We haven’t had many practices, because we’ve had a lot of games, so we’re using what we learned in our past games,” Evie Kay Girard said. “St. Luke’s played great defense, so we tried to hit to the right spots and communicate.”
Filling in for freshman Alexandra Trofort, who missed the match, Wise stepped up nicely for the Gators.
“Her jump floater serve, which she has been working on all season, was great,” GA coach Christy Girard said of Wise. “This is such a cohesive team — once again, everyone contributed.”
Wise led the Gators in the serving department, registering 14 aces. She also added five kills. Ryan had seven kills and Miele had five kills for the victors. Lasky tallied five aces and 24 assists in the winning effort.
The FAA semifinals between Greenwich Academy and King on Wednesday is scheduled for 4 p.m. at GA. When Greenwich Academy beat King during the regular season, it marked King’s first FAA loss since 2013. The Vikings have won the FAA Tournament title the past four seasons.
“The semifinals will be a great game with a lot of energy,” Decker said. “It’s so nice to have the home-court advantage.”