Suffield girls’ volleyball ready to begin first season in division
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Thu., Sep. 1, 2011
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.