Greenwich volleyball grounds Eagles 3-1 in key FCIAC contest

In a battle of two teams fighting for an Fairfield County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, the Greenwich High School girls volleyball team traveled to Trumbull High School and finished off the Eagles, 3-1 Friday night.

“It was a big game for us,” Greenwich High School head coach Steve Lapham said. “Trumbull is a good team. “It was a good fight. We hung in there. We got rattled a little bit in the second set, but we were able to serve a little better and pass better as well. They were working on a few of our players, trying to make us pass. But I like the fight in us today. We didn’t quit, stayed with it and worked for each point.”

With the victory, Greenwich moved to 11-3 on the season while the Eagles fell to 9-6 in the conference.

“We knew this was a big game for us,” said Abbie Wolf. “Both teams are pretty equal and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy. Each game I thought we made adjustments and came out stronger in each one. We finished off the game well.”

Wolf led the way for the Lady Cardinals, as she finished with a team-high 18 kills. Not to be outdone was Bizz Fretty, who finished with a team-high 19 assists and seven digs.

“It feels amazing right now and I am just so happy that I was able to come in and play so well with the team,” Fretty said. “We played with so much emotion today. I think we fought for it more and had a better drive for it. We came out to win and we executed on that.”

In addition to the duo of Fretty and Wolf, Greenwich had other standout performances. Maggy Egan finished with 15 assists, while Jahaira Guerra added 13 digs, three assists, two kills and two aces. Also finishing with two aces was Morgan Rafferty and she also pitched in with one dig.

Patricia David netted nine digs, two aces and one kills, while Nadio Sotgiu helped Greenwich by grabbing 10 kills and four digs. Michaela Lew took home 16 assists

In the first set, Greenwich came away with the 25-22 victory, but after trailing early, the Eagles were able to rebound in the second set and grab the 25-20 victory to tie the game.

From there it was all Big Red, as GHS won the third set 25-19 and closed out the game with a 25-22 victory in the fourth set.

“I thought we passed their serve a little bit better in the third and fourth game,” Lapham said. “A lot better actually. We didn’t have much offense and we were chasing the ball around. But then I brought in Bizz and she did a nice job. The team also passed better for Bizz. I think changing our setter and our passing improved were the big differences.”

“I thought we passed better and serve-receieve was a big part of it,” Wolf added. “I think we played to win, instead of not to lose. We were more confident in the final two games and it showed by the way we played and how we were aggressive.”

Despite the victory, the road to the postseason doesn’t get any easier. On Monday, Big Red travels to Fairfield for a game against Fairfield Ludlowe High School. On Wednesday Greenwich returns home for a battle against Stamford High School and they finish their season with a game against FCIAC rival Ridgefield High School.

“We have three tough ones,” Lapham said. “Ludlowe, Stamford and Ridgefield are going to be a challenge. I would rather have those three and hopefully get in the FCIACs. We have some games that we need to win so that we can get our seed up.”

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