Hornets boys' volleyball faces struggle this season
By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., May. 6, 2011
While waiting for the arrival of their Enfield opponents from Enrico Fermi High School before a recent game, East Hartford High Schoolboys' volleyball coach Janice May and her team were hoping this upcoming match would be better than some of the last.
The team has struggled this season, May said, with five players dropped because of academic probation, and the others discouraged by recent losses.
“They have the skills, they know how to play,'' she said. “But so far, they can't sustain the intensity they need to finish matches and to win. It seems during games they are struggling to finish," she said. The team has played nine matches and won only one so far.
May has been a volleyball coach for 18 years, and is in her sixth season with the team. Her assistant coach is Martin Martinez, who also coaches the boys' junior varsity volleyball team. In addition to the loss of players due to academic probation, the team had only a few returning seniors.
“I don't think it’s an issue of experience - they know the game. As a coach, I wish I knew the answer," said May. EHHS lost to Fermi 16-25.
East Hartford High School Boys’ Varsity Volleyball Coach Janice May
Sixth season as coach.
"They have the skills, they know how to play. But so far, they can't sustain the intensity they need to win," May said.
Spotlight: Players to Watch-
Tylor Holcomb - Senior, Captain: “It's going as well as our attitude. Going negative means giving up. A positive attitude means you want to win. For myself personally, I think I am playing pretty good right now, working hard not to have too many giveaways," said Holcomb.
Nick Rodriguez – Junior, Setter: “We're having our ups and downs right now, but practice makes perfect. We need to work on improving our skills to make us have a better grasp of the game and what we need to do to win," said Rodriguez.