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Greenwich Academy volleyball sweeps Berkshire

October 30, 2016 GMT

GREENWICH — With only one regular-season match remaining before the postseason begins on Nov. 7, the Greenwich Academy volleyball team knows now is indeed, the time, for it to being rounding into top form.

The Gators certainly showed that they’ve sharpened up their play of late Saturday against Berkshire School.

Exhibiting on-the-mark serving, while efficiently running its offense, Greenwich Academy posted a decisive 3-0 victory over visiting Berkshire School on Senior Day. The Gators won the match by set scores of 25-23, 25-18, 25-14.

“I like the way our team is playing right now,” GA coach Christy Girard said. “They are relaxed, having fun and enjoying the game. I’m also watching us play with a lot of confidence.”

Sophomore Madlin Decker recorded four kills and six digs, while senior co-captain Natalie Threadgill registered six kills and six aces for the Gators.

“We definitely were playing aggressive and we tried to keep our energy up,” Threadgill said. “Communicating has been a really big thing our team has improved on. It’s been great to be one of the captains of this team.”

Senior co-captain setter Jessica Liu had 10 assists, sophomore Grace Ryan added five assists, six kills and five digs and junior Casey Gottlieb had five kills, 12 aces and seven digs for the victors.

After winning the first set, GA fell behind 6-1 in the second, thanks to the strong serving of Bears junior Grace Federle. Yet the Gators chipped away at the lead and eventually went ahead for good at 18-17 on Threadgill’s kill.

Later in the set, Decker’s kill and consecutive service aces from Threadgill put the home team ahead, 24-17. In the final game, Gottlieb tallied six consecutive service points, including a pair of aces, giving the Gators a comfortable 23-13 advantage.

Sophomore Kate Miele (two kills, three aces) and sophomore Austin Hardie (two assists) also contributed to the winning effort.

“Our serving was definitely our strength,” Girard said. “The first game, we took a little while to adjust to their defense. Our placement with our hits in the second game is what changed the game.”

Said Liu: “I’m definitely happy with how we’ve improved and come so far since the beginning of the season. We were pumped up since it was Senior Day, but we still had to stay focused with the task at hand.”

Girard credited her two senior captains.

“Natalie is such a smart player,” Girard said. “She’s smart at placing balls according to what’s going on at the particular moment. Jess has been excellent at calling out plays and changing it up. She has a great ability to set it up and keep the opposition’s blockers confused.”

The Gators visit Choate Rosemary Hall on Wednesday, before beginning play in the FAA Tournament on Nov. 7.

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