Varsity volleyball powers past the Hornets

Varsity volleyball gave another impressive performance on Saturday to sweep FAA rival Hamden Hall 3-0.

In a dominant road display, the Storm made light work of the Hornets winning in straight sets 25-17, 25-11, 25-14 to improve to 8-1 in New England play and 5-2 in league play.

Co-captain Maria Minuesa ‘18 was at the heart of the team’s excellent form serving seven-straight service points in the first set and producing a number of superb sets throughout the matchup.

Emma Castiglione ‘18 was dominant on offense with six kills while co-captain Bridget Dalton ‘18 contributed two blocks and two kills. There were also high impact performances from Riley Page ‘19 who had three kills, Elyse Kim ‘21 with two kills and Sydney Cummings ‘19 who also had two kills.

Saturday’s victory came on the back of an equally impressive 3-0 win over The Masters School on Thursday, Oct. 26 and has put the team in a very strong position heading into their final league game against Sacred Heart.

Head coach Abby Abbott is thrilled with her team’s form: “Our team has worked hard this season to use a varied offensive strategy. The front row continues to keep our opponents guessing and I’ve also been impressed with our effective backrow offense. And not just by our usual outside hitters but by our libero, senior Ali Ferris, as well. Our defense continues to look sharp and we’ve had more successful blocks and diving saves than ever before. The team is dynamic and exhilarating to watch, if you’ve been able to catch a game this season, you know what I’m talking about.”

Girls soccer downs GA

The Girls Varsity Soccer team produced a tremendous performance to beat Greenwich Academy 1-0 on Saturday in an intense FAA matchup.

GVS has had a mixed season, coping with many setbacks, but was at its very best in the final league game of the season to defeat the first-place team in the FAA.

The result solidified fourth place in the standings and means the Storm will have a home game in the quarter-finals of the FAA playoffs.

In a thrilling game that saw both teams create multiple opportunities, co-captain Elizabeth Laub ‘18 scored the game winner with just 5:43 remaining on the clock. Ali Gall ‘22 cut back onto her right foot and delivered a perfect cross for Laub to head home and start the wild celebrations from the home crowd.

The Storm defense of co-captain Thaise Sudano ‘18, Lea Panagiotidis ‘20, Jackie Thompson ‘20, Ali Gall ‘22 and goalkeeper Sammy Grayson ‘21 remained resolute in the closing minutes to inflict a first league defeat of the season on the Gators.

Saturday’s result is the first time the girls varsity soccer team has defeated Greenwich Academy in regular season play since the 2013 season, and head coach Dan Clarke was extremely proud of his players: “We put in an excellent performance against a very good team. We rode our luck a little at times, but overall I think we deserved to get the three points. We frustrated them throughout and scored a great goal at the end. I think this proves we can compete with anyone on our day and I hope it gives the girls the confidence they need heading into the postseason.”

St. Luke’s plays the Canterbury School on Saturday, Nov. 4 before the FAA quarter-final on Monday, Nov. 6 (at St. Luke’s).