Sacred Heart and Greenwich Academy volleyball teams battle for FAA crown

The Convent of the Sacred Heart volleyball team had everything working Friday night and the results were golden.

Competing against cross-town rival Greenwich Academy in their gym, the Tigers used a complete team effort and blanked the Gators 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-15) to win the Fairchester Athletic Association championship.

“It feels really great right now,” CSH head coach Beth Wilson-Jordan said. “The girls came in with the mindset to win and after last year’s FAA playoffs cancelled because of Hurricane Sandy, it was nice to have that opportunity to play for a championship again.”

Although Sacred Heart was led by its senior captains, Maggie Ellison and Bianca Chiappelloni, Wilson-Jordan said that it was the complete team that helped the Tigers claw its way to the FAA championship. Chippelloni finished with six aces and four kills, while Ellison  added five kills and five digs.

Marie Njie-Mitchell finished with seven digs and four kills, while teammate Grace McKenney pitched in with nine digs, four aces and a team-high 21 assists. Jen Esposito netted six digs and two aces, while Jenna Whelan finished with four aces and three kills.

Claire O’Neill added five kills, while Jane Gerstner took home three kills. Rounding out the scoring was Emily Davenport, who finished with five digs.

“I am extremely proud of the girls,” Wilson-Jordan said. “They really played their best, knowing that this could be the last game of their season. They wanted it to be memorable. Every girl stepped up to the challenge and played their best today.”

This wasn’t the first time the Tigers and Gators matched up. In addition to the preseason game they played back in September, Sacred Heart traveled to Greenwich Academy on Oct. 9 and came away with the tough 3-1 loss.

“GA is always a strong team and they make you want to play better,” Wilson-Jordan said. “They are our cross-town rival and will always bring out the best in us. This time around, we had time to prepare. Our serve receive was much better this time and that allowed us to run our offense the way we wanted to. Our serves were on and we didn’t miss that many. In fact, we only had six missed serves in the championship game and we probably had six in the first set the last time we played them.”

With the victory, CSH improved to 15-4 on the season. Check back here Saturday afternoon for a photo slideshow from the FAA championship game.

 

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