Greenwich High volleyball ends season with 3-2 loss to Xavier in class L opener

The Greenwich High School volleyball team was in action Tuesday afternoon against Xavier in the class L opening round.

The Greenwich High School volleyball team was in action Tuesday afternoon against Xavier in the class L opening round.

Although the Greenwich High School volleyball team forced Xavier High School into a fifth and deciding game during Tuesday afternoon’s Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference class L opening round game, the Cards were unable to come up with the victory, falling to Xavier 3-2 (31-29, 25-27, 17-25, 25-22, 7-15) in an evenly-played contest.

“We played well,” Greenwich High School head coach Pete Georgiou said. “They tried to close it out but Xavier is a good team. You can’t look at the ranking because if you look at their record, they lost only one more than we did. In the last game, I thought [Xavier] was being the agressors and we were just playing from behind. That’s not a good position to play out of. Overall though I am proud of our team and proud of our accomplishments this year.”

Greenwich was led by the two senior co-captains. Playing in their final game for Big Red, Aidan Rafferty finished with 13 kills and had a team-high nine digs. Packy Hanrahan added nine kills and six digs, but led the way with 49 assists on the day.

Leading the Cardinals in kills was senior Zak Steiner, who finished with 14. Freshman Daizo Mori netted 11 kills and three digs, while senior Dexter Frish was also in double-digits with 10 kills. Fellow senior Max Barefoot rounded out the socresheet with five digs on the day, while senior Oliver Moore added one kill and one dig.

In a back-and-forth first and second game, it was Xavier that through through in the third game and grabbed the 25-17 victory.

“Going down early there, we played with a ton of heart the rest of the way, Xavier head coach John Post said. “We played with a ton of passion tonight but credit Greenwich because they are a heck of a team. They gave us one hell of a run, but we showed a lot of heart.”

However, Greenwich came storming back in the fourth game. Big Red built an early lead, bit Xavier came back to tie the game at 20-20 and actually grabbed the 21-20 lead. Big Red dominated play the rest of the way and outscored Xavier 5-2 the rest of the way to grab the victory in the fourth game.

“We had a big lead, but they were creeping up and we almost lost it at that one point,” Georgiou said. “I kept on telling the kids that it doesn’t matter what the score is, as long as we are up we can’t lose. They were fighting to get up and stay up, but they wanted it and wanted to go to game five. I thought we would be able to take it, but there were some errors on our end and some unfortunate drops in areas and [Xavier] came out ahead.”

With the loss, Greenwich ended its season with a 12-6 mark. Although Big Red had a young and inexperienced squad, Georgiou was thrilled with the way his team handled themselves throughout the year and constantly improved.

“The seniors were great for me this year,” Georgiou said. “Aidan was a good leader on the team and he goes out there and plays his heart out. Packy was a great kid to have on the team. He plays hard, works hard and you couldn’t ask for anything better. Oliver Moore came up big today and did well serving. He played the best he could and was out there giving it his all. Dexter was with me for a second year and he’s a great character to have on the team. He always brings the team up.

“My first-year seniors were great too,” added Georgiou. “Max Barefoot has never played before and came up clutch for us today. He had nice saves and good passes. [Zak Steiner] really put some balls down.”

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