Suffield girls’ volleyball ready to begin first season in division

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Thu., Sep. 1, 2011
Casey Ryan sets up to serve at Suffield High School's first volleyball practice. The team will compete for the first time this season in the CIAC Division M. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Casey Ryan sets up to serve at Suffield High School's first volleyball practice. The team will compete for the first time this season in the CIAC Division M. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

In 2010, volleyball at Suffield High School was a well-attended after-school club with consistently high participation levels and several experienced players. This fall, the Lady Wildcats are taking their talents to the CIAC Class M division, with eyes on the state tournament.

“One of the best parts of this year’s team is that they were so well-coached in prior years when they were only an after-school club,” said head coach Bruce Hargraves. “Originally I agreed to coach the junior varsity team, and was happy to step into the varsity role when Kurt Lenser moved away. He did a phenomenal job building up this program along with several of the senior girls. He built a very strong foundation, and all that hard work is going to pay off this season.”

A seven-year veteran volleyball coach with Enfield’s Enrico Fermi High School, Hargraves brings a wealth of experience to the program. “My goal for these girls is to learn how to compete,” he said. “There are several advantages to a new program, enthusiasm being at the top of the list. We need to work on being a cohesive group and learn how to play in a league,” he added. “This is a new program for all of us.”

As a first-year squad, the Lady Wildcats are approaching each opponent with equal preparation. “Obviously, we have not had time to develop rivalries yet, but I think that’s a healthy part of the game,” the coach said. “Right now, we need to build up our basic skills and prepare for one team at a time. In this division, we face some pretty strong competition. I would say Avon, Canton, Bolton and Granby will be tough.”

Suffield opens its season against Enfield at home on Sept. 15 at 5:30 p.m. A complete schedule can be found at www.casciac.org.


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