DARIEN — Greenwich High School and Darien High School have had one of the more enduring girls volleyball rivalries in the FCIAC.

The Cardinals and the Blue Wave have battled on all types of stages for all kinds of high stakes over the years.

So victories by either side have great meaning.

Greenwich travelled to the Blue Wave gym Wednesday and came away with a 25-22, 25-22, 25-10 triumph.

“It’s a good day anytime you come into this gym and walk out with a win,” said Greenwich coach Steve Lapham.

Greenwich never allowed Darien to settle into the match. Darien never led in Game 1, led for just four points in Game 2 and only one point in Game 3.

“The opening two games were close,” Lapham said. “It’s early in the season. But I’m happy to get the victory.”

Greenwich — which lost to St. Joseph to open the season — is now 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the FCIAC. The Cardinals graduated standout Morgan Rafferty among seven seniors. But they have six returnees (five are seniors) on the roster, giving them a core of experience to draw on.

“We’re a closeknit group off the court as well,” said Greenwich senior tri-captain Maggy Egan. “That bond helps us with trust on the court.”

CARDINAL CONTRIBUTORS

Greenwich served well and saw setter and senior tri-captain Nicole Wood do a solid job of distributing passes that led to numerous kills.

“For us to be successful, it is about everyone,” Wood said. “If I pass the ball well, all the other pieces fall into place.”

Senior Tara Ford had 12 kills and three blocks while Egan collected seven kills and three aces among his team-leading serving point total. Junior Amelia Bartlett added seven kills. Tall freshman Lillian Saleeby was an impact player serving for Greenwich.

Defensively, senior Adnerys DeJesus had 24 digs.

“We were disappointed after losing to St. Joseph. But we made adjustments,” Egan said. “Darien is our biggest rival. We are excited with the win. It’s a big accomplishment we can build on from here.”

TIME WILL HELP DARIEN

Darien (1-2 overall, 1-1 FCIAC) graduated six seniors from last year’s squad and has just two senior returnees in Kellie Arevalo and Caroline Martzolf.

With a host of juniors and sophomores promoted from the junior varsity, it will take time for the Blue Wave to build the experience and trust.

Martzolf, a captain, paced the Darien attack with 10 kills. Junior Cristina Escajadillo showed a lot of promise in the setter position.

“It is a very young group. But we are working very hard,” Martzolf said. “The challenge right now is to get everybody used to playing with varsity level intensity. Greenwich is a smart team that showed us some areas we need to work on. We need to raise our level.”

QUOTABLE

“We still have a lot of work to do. We are still adjusting,” Lapham said. “We’re still searching for the right mixture. We’re tinkering to get people in their best places to succeed.”

rdepreta

@stamfordadvocate.com

GREENWICH 3, DARIEN 0

GREENWICH 25 25 25—3

DARIEN 22 22 10—0

Records: Greenwich 2-1, 1-1 FCIAC; Darien 1-2, 1-1 FCIAC.

Highlights: G—Adnerys DeJesus 24 digs. Tara Ford 12 kills, three blocks. Amelia Bartlett 7 kills. Maggy Egan seven kills, three aces, three digs. D—Caroline Martzolf 10 kills, nine digs, four service points.