Even after the Gryphons’ season had come to an official end November 11 at Greenwich Academy, fans of the scrappy volleyball team continued to chant “Ho-ly Chi-ld!” at the top of their lungs. It was a testament to a band of sisters who, even in losing the Fairchester Athletic Association tournament final, displayed tremendous heart, as they had done all season long.
Make no bones about it, Holy Child’s 3-2 (23-25, 18-25, 25-20, 25-19, 15-11) loss to Convent of the Sacred Heart was a heartbreaker. The Gryphons came back in both the first and second games to take a 2-0 lead. In game one, they rallied from an early 9-2 deficit to tie it at 15-15. Momentum swung in their favor when Danielle Riverso made a spectacular dig, setting up Stephanie Taylor for the spike and a 17-15 lead. With Holy Child up 24-23, Elizabeth Murphy served a blistering ace for the game-winner. The senior credited the supporters on hand, who filled the tiny gym and created a deafening atmosphere.