Rams volleyball team showing growth, potential

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Fri., Sep. 9, 2011
Rockville volleyball player Emily Berg laughs after she collides with a teammate during the Rams' scrimmage with East Hartford on Sept. 7. Photos by Steve Smith.
Rockville volleyball player Emily Berg laughs after she collides with a teammate during the Rams' scrimmage with East Hartford on Sept. 7. Photos by Steve Smith.

After a scrimmage win over East Hartford on Sept. 7, Rockville High School varsity volleyball coach Kim Marinan said her team had a good jumping-off point for starting the season. “I think we’ll move forward from here,” she said. “The team is young, but it keeps growing. We’re just trying to build.”

Currently, the team has four seniors – Alyssa Holmes, Elissa Graf, Nicole Ciampa and Lakara Carter – (down from six last year) and a large number of sophomores. The program’s overall growth has continued its upward trend from last year, with enough numbers to put three teams – varsity, JV and freshman – on the court.

Marinan said the varsity squad hasn’t yet elected its captains, and she is still looking for its leaders to emerge, but as a group, the team will be working on ratcheting up its offense. “I think I have more versatility now,” she said. “I have a good number of hitters, and girls that I can move around the floor, as well as some good defensive players that can get that pass up.”

The method is good, old-fashioned repetition, and breaking down skills into different drills. Marinan said the scrimmages and jamborees also allow for getting players experience with getting into game mode.

Many of the players, Marinan said, worked in the off-season in Husky volleyball boot camp, and the entire team is ready to play. “They’re pumped,” she said. “You can see the difference in the girls that play regularly.”

Marinan said an improvement on last year’s three-win record is well within reach. “I’m hoping to have some more wins under our belt,” she said. “I’d like to go a little higher than .500 and have a winning season. I think there were a couple of games we could have done better in, and pulled out last year. I think we can be more competitive within the conference.”

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