Rams showing potential as program seeks first 'W'
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Thu., Apr. 7, 2011
Still a young program itself, the Rockville Rams’ boys volleyball team hopes to take another step in its growth this season (the program’s third), as well as helping many individual players step up their game.
Coach Kim Marinan said a lot of new players came out for the team and have shown a lot of athletic ability. Junior middle-hitter Vince Desilets is among returning players, and is expected to lead the team on the court and off.
“We have a couple of new sophomores that are good athletes, that could have the same power that Vince has,” Marinan said. “We’ll see how quick they jump into the mix. I have a couple of freshmen, too, that could be almost as strong.”
Last year was his first year,” He’s a very powerful , strong athlete. He brings a lot for the other kids to see, especially in competition with the other teams.”
Senior Howard Daniels, juniors Ben Daley and Bill Eichler, and sophomore Kelvin Colon are among the other returning players.
Marinan said that after its first practices and scrimmages, the team has shown its inexperience, but also some great potential and she hopes that they can get a few wins under their belt. If they are able to do that early, it would be a confidence boost that could take them farther. The Rams have not won a match in the past two seasons.
“I want them to be able to be competitive,” she said, “and at least know that they’re at the same level as the other teams. If they can get a couple wins, they’ll know that it’s possible. I think the game is still so new to so many of them, that they don’t understand the tempo of it yet. Trying to adjust from basketball or something else, it’s just different.”
Marinan said she expects the season to be a great learning experience for the players, especially.
“Sometimes you have to realize that different sports require different skills,” she said. “They definitely have the drive to be powerful, and they really do like that aspect of it. Because they are athletes, I think they will be able to pick up on things quickly."
The Rams dropped their first match to Bloomfield on April 6, and are preparing to host Bulkely on April 8, then travel to Farmington on April 11. Rockville will also enjoy a four-game home stand from April 13-27. For a complete schedule, visit www.casciac.org.