It’s a Staples High School sports tradition.
Before post-season tournaments, some boys teams shave their heads. Others get Mohawks.
This year, the volleyball guys decided that instead of looking fierce (or stupid), they’d look good.
Yesterday, they headed to Effi’s Salon in Saugatuck.
There, owner Effie Andriotis colored the Wreckers.
The 2018 Staples High School volleyball team — and Effie.
But make no mistake: This team is tough.
The volleyballers finished their regular season last week with a perfect 19-0 record.
Even more incredible: They won 57 sets this spring, and lost just 2.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, May 23), the top-seeded Westporters take on Trumbull in the FCIAC semifinals. Game time is 5 p.m., at Fairfield Ludlowe High School.
They’d love a huge crowd to cheer them on.
They wouldn’t mind some props for their hair, too.
In 1993, Effie Andriotis was 19 years old. Just out of hairdressing school, she joined Nic Mancini’s salon. Run out of his house on Riverside Avenue, it was one of Westport’s most popular spots.
Four years later, he retired. Effie moved on.
At 26, she opened her own place on Post Road East. She remained there — opposite Calise’s — for 17 years. Effi’s Salon (there is no “e”) developed a large and loyal clientele.
All along, Effie kept in touch with Nic — “an amazing guy.”
All along too, she thought fondly of Riverside Avenue.
Driving around several months ago, she saw a “For Sale” sign in front of the property. Immediately, she called Nic. He’d put it up just the night before.
Effie said, “Take it down. I’m buying it!”
That was no idle chatter. She did.
Which is how Effie is right back where she started, a quarter century ago. Her clients have followed her there.
“I feel like I never left,” she says. “I love the water. And everything is so alive down here!”
Especially now that Effie is back.
Effie Andriotis, at her new/old spot. (Photo/Vicky Andriotis)