It is being literal to call 2017 a banner year for the FCIAC. It was one of the richest in terms of state titles for the conference, while league playoffs were closely contested in most sports.
It has been a banner fall for FCIAC female teams. The league should have a strong showing during Saturday’s State Open swim meet, while eight teams will be competing for titles in three sports.
RIDGEFIELD — Though they had defeated Ridgefield twice already, the members of the Greenwich volleyball team had not forgotten the feeling of having last season ended by the Tigers in the Class LL semifinals.
GREENWICH — When Greenwich volleyball coach Steve Lapham learned three years ago that a freshman player from California had transferred to town, there was the expected sight-unseen excitement.
FAIRFIELD — It is one of the unique characteristics of volleyball. A team can’t get aggressive on offense without first possessing a great defense. That was the approach Greenwich used today against St. Joseph, and that is why the Cardinals are now the 2017 FCIAC girls volleyball champions.
TRUMBULL — It is hard to recall any squad that has gone unbeaten in FCIAC play this late into the season and received less notoriety than the St. Joseph volleyball team.
RIDGEFIELD — Darien has been the premier sports program in the FCIAC and perhaps the state for the last several years. In many respects, with the facilities, support system and now even an in-house program to stream games, it might seem closer to a Division III college than a high school athletic department.
While many wondered if the Ridgefield volleyball team would be able to come close to replicating the best season in program history, its coach, Lidania Cibere, felt like a poker player holding a good hand but being modest throwing chips onto the table for fear of scaring off the rest of the players.
STAMFORD — Ridgefield volleyball coach Lidania Cibere had a list of areas where she thought her team could improve following today’s match against Stamford.
And here is the third episode, with Ridgefield twins Elizabeth and Julia Middlebrook as the guests. Sports & Scoops will run throughout the next month, and who knows after that.