Greenwich girls volleyball shuts out Vikings, 3-0

The Greenwich High School girls volleyball team was able to upend Westhill High School 3-0 earlier today in Stamford. — Paul Silverfarb photo

The Greenwich High School girls volleyball team was able to upend Westhill High School 3-0 earlier today in Stamford. — Paul Silverfarb photo

It’s amazing what you can learn in a loss.

Last week, the Greenwich High School girls volleyball team hosted New York powerhouse John F. Kennedy Catholic-Somers. Although Big Red lost the contest 3-2, the Lady Cardinals, head coach Steve Lapham believes his team left that game a more focused squad.

After beating Fairfield Warde High School by a 3-0 score on Friday, Big Red traveled to Westhill High School earlier this afternoon and came away with the same 3-0 (25-12, 25-16, 25-13) sweep.

“I am really happy,” Lapham said. “The girls are playing well. I thought playing the JFK game was huge for us. Although we lost in five, it was the best volleyball that we played this year. We then came out nice against Warde. We played a lot cleaner and smart.”

Against the Vikings, senior Mirei Kato led the way with 12 kills, 12 service points, two blocks and one ace. Not to be outdone was fellow senior Heather Desino, who netted three kills, three aces and 10 service points. Another senior, Xanthi Katsigiannis was dominating in assists, picking up 21 on the day and adding two digs.

“I think their serving took them out of a couple of set,” Lapham said. “Mirei is playing really well and really smart. She leads the defense and offense really well. She gets to her spot. We started passing up to the sky but then we got the ball closer to the net and then we took over from there.”

Rounding out the scoresheet for Greenwich was senior Catherine Cabano, who finished with five kills and Ashley Rispoli, who pitched in with six assists.

“It was a really good game today,” senior Jessie Schelz said. “We were trying to work on our passing today and really focus on strong passing. We are looking really good and I am hoping we can go really far this year. I am excited about our team and I know that we are strong.”

The key for Greenwich throughout the game against the Vikings was to limit the play of Westhill senior Stephanie Roones. Although she finished with 12 kills and two blocks, Greenwich was still able to get the better of the Westhill standout.

“I thought our defense at the net was pretty good,” Lapham said. “We got a lot of soft touches and a few blocks. They were going to (Roones) and (Nikki Boutsikoudis) and all we needed to do was camp out where she was going and try to get some hands up. They were trying to tip a lot. Ashley Respoli did a nice job with the tips and Xandi did a good job too.”

“We wanted to block Westhill’s strong hitter and we got a couple of blocks on her,” Schelz said. “We all worked together to get those blocks. It was important to stay on her because Westhill went to her every time. If we could keep her from getting the ball, we knew we would have a great chance today.”

With the victory, Greenwich improved to 4-1 on the season and remained a perfect 4-0 in the Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference.

“I think we really gelled together as a defense,” Desino said. “We were able to pick a lot of balls up and when we are inside our rotation, that’s really when we make the good plays. We are always looking to get better and better and to build off of the victories that we have. We are really looking forward to keep building throughout the season.”

“They are all seniors out there,” Lapham said. “They got to have chemistry because they can’t wait until next year.”

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