SWHS boys’ volleyball team having its best season ever

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., May. 26, 2011
Junior Jason George gets some air as he sets up to spike the ball for the Bobcat varsity boys' volleyball team. Photos by Martha Marteney.
Junior Jason George gets some air as he sets up to spike the ball for the Bobcat varsity boys' volleyball team. Photos by Martha Marteney.

The South Windsor High School boys’ volleyball team is having its best season yet. Jim Holt returned to the head coaching position this year, and he has led the team to the top of the CCC-east division.

“The boys are pretty excited,” said Holt. “It’s a big improvement from our record last year of 8-10.” SWHS boys’ volleyball has never before ranked high enough to secure a home game in the state tournament.

“We’ve played some difficult teams on our schedule,” said Holt, “and had some close games.” The few losses have been to the higher-ranking teams in the state. For example, the team lost on May 25 to Southington, which won three games: 25-14; 25-22; and 25-22. Nonetheless, South Windsor played a very competitive and high-intensity game. More than 50 fans cheered the Bobcats on, and team members offered supportive words throughout the games.

“I think they’ve come a long way,” said Holt about this year’s team, especially noting improvements in blocking and defense. In addition to giving special note to co-captains Kyle Waters and Ben Zandonella, Holt said that junior Jason George leads the team with kills and has a good jump serve. “He’s a quiet leader on the court,” said Holt. Speaking about junior Sam Turek, Holt said, “He’s really improved on hitting and blocking.”

Already looking forward to next year, Holt said, “I have the whole team basically coming back next year.” He would like to see an assistant coach position added, thinking that even more boys would join the team if they knew there was a dedicated junior varsity coach.

 

Spotlight Players-

Co-captain Ben Zandonella is the team’s starting middle block, wearing number 22. Speaking about the team leading the CCC-east division, Zandonella said, “It feels really good to look up at the other banners and to know someone had to get there first.” He contributes the team’s success to the new members of the team, who he said stepped up and learned how to play volleyball. “We have a huge fan section,” he noted, adding that it helped motivate the team this year, and he hopes it will encourage more athletes to join the team next year.

 

Kyle Waters is the team’s co-captain, playing outside hitter and wearing number 24. He is pleased with the team’s success and with having a home game in the state tournament. “People see that we’re actually good,” said Waters about the team. “It helped that we have more people come out, and they were good.” Although the team has only two seniors, Waters described the team as experienced because of the large number of juniors. That also means good things for the team next year.


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