GFA roundup: Dragons volleyball goes 1-1
The Greens Farms Academy volleyball team swept Hopkins 3-0 at home last Thursday by the scores of 25-15, 25-18, and 25-14. The team's serving continues to be a strength with senior Blair Marine and freshman Meg Nesi combining for 23 service points and seven aces.
Middle hitter Olivia Sullivan had 12 kills and seven blocks, and sophomore Kirwan Carey had 13 kills, six blocks and four aces. On defense, sophomore Alex Nason had 12 digs, junior Celeste Matte had nine digs, and junior Ililta Pina (Westport) had eight digs. Setter Nesi also had 25 assists and four drop winners.
The Dragons came up short in a close match last Saturday, losing to St. Luke's 3-1 (25-16, 16-25, 25-12, 25-21. Sullivan had 10 kills, six blocks, and Nesi had 12 assists and five aces. Freshman Jesse Boolbol added four kills and two blocks. Defensively, Matte contributed eight digs and Pina had seven digs.
GFA overcame a slow start to ease past The Masters School 4-0. After battling to a 0-0 tie in the first half, GFA scored all four of their goals in the second half. Senior Clare Mengel scored twice, the first off a direct kick outside the box, and the second off a corner kick. Sophomore Ella Murphy and freshman Elyse Kimball earned the team's other two goals.
Sophomore Charlotte Cohen (Westport) had one assist. Sophomore Kelly Van Hoesen held down the midfield, and senior captain Alexia Messina spearheaded the GFA defense. Senior captain Lexi Kimball had another shutout in net.
The Dragons began their week with a win over FAA rival Rye Country Day 2-1 last Thursday. Senior captain Michael Medvedev and junior Ian Lee scored for GFA, and senior Sunday Okeke had an assist. Junior goalkeeper Henry Holzinger led a determined defense.
The Dragons ended their week with a road trip to Gunnery on Saturday, and came home with a 4-1 victory. After a Gunnery goal, GFA sophomore James Velgot scored his first goal of the year off an assist from sophomore Nick Attai to level the game at the half.
GFA then went on to score three unanswered goals. Senior Hobi Lew notched one off an assist from sophomore Zach Liston, and junior Jake Sinnott scored twice, once off another assist from Liston to complete the scoring. Holzinger and senior goalkeeper Matt Schnabel combined in net for the win.
Last Thursday GFA hosted a meet at Sherwood Island in its final regular season FAA meet until the league championships. The boys defeated St. Luke's 27-28 for their only victory in the dual scoring system. Junior Connor Calzone finished strong, clocking in at 21:53; freshman Justin Silver ran a 22:36; and sophomore Mike Pratt ran a 22:52.
Freshman Tai Farlow (Westport) was the first female Dragon across the finish line with a time of 27:16.
Last Saturday, GFA traveled to South Kent for a challenging race that also included St. Luke's and EF Academy. The GFA boys and girls teams took home first place trophies.
The girls were led by freshman Kaitlin Reed, with a time of 30:14. The boys landed five runners in the top 10 to edge out St. Luke's for the win. Junior Sean Minson finished second with 21:24; freshman Charlie Bohnsack placed third with 21:47; and freshman Owen Minson finished fourth with 21:54. Seniors Scott Barnett and Tyler Green finished eighth and ninth with times of 22:53 and 23:00, respectively.
The Dragons lost to FAA top-seeded Greenwich Academy 6-0 last Thursday. GFA's defense held strong against GA's 20 shots on goal, and held GA scoreless for most of the second half. Freshman Nikki Farber (Westport) recorded 15 saves for the Dragons, while Holzinger and freshman Abby Everett each made two defensive saves.
Facing The Gunnery School last Saturday, GFA held a 3-0 lead but fell 4-3 in overtime.