EHS boys’ volleyball looks to keep momentum
By Jennifer Holloway - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Apr. 21, 2011
The Enfield High School Raiders boys' volleyball team has one goal in mind: to keep their confidence level high. According to coach Judy Joslin, last season was a rebuilding year, as many players were new to varsity; however the team also lost five seniors to graduation.
“Last year was a lot about learning,” said Joslin. The team thought through things more carefully. This season, she said, they cannot afford to do that. While this year’s team has some first- and second-year players, like first-year starting setter Tyler deMontigny, Joslin feels this year will be different.
After the April 20 game against Maloney High, which EHS won 3-0, the team is 3-2 and looking ahead to the state tournament. To get there, the Raiders need to win eight games in their 18-game season.
“If we keep playing our game, keep our confidence up and play hard, we can get there,” Joslin said. “They want it,” she stressed. Though early in the season, the team is already running new plays, and they are doing well at keeping communication going on the court. Depth could also contribute in the future. “I have a great bench,” she said.
One area she would like to improve upon is the team’s defense, and she is looking to fine-tune their net play. “We had strong blocks at the beginning of the [Maloney] game,” she said. “We need to keep it up.”
Enfield High School Boys’ Volleyball Coach Judy Joslin
Number of seasons: 11
The season ahead: “I think we will go far this year,” coach Joslin says of her team. She feels if they continue to gain confidence and keep progressing, they have a chance to make the state tournament.
Players to watch:
Jeremy Chevalier - Number 21, Senior, Middle Front: Senior Jeremy Chevalier has one of the quickest arm swings, which can be tough to block. He feels his team plays well together because they strive to not let each other get down when something goes wrong.
Zach Thurston - Number 22, Senior, Outside Hitter: Captain Zach Thurston has come a long way in his position, according to his coach, and he has a strong mindset to keep the team focused. As an outside hitter, he loves to attack the ball.
Mark Sanzo - Number 11, Senior, Outside Hitter: Captain Mark Sanzo is a strong all-around player who can make a point when it is needed. Earlier in the season, he said, the team made several errors that they have now corrected and are looking to continue to succeed.