Fermi volleyball girls ready to regain their season

By Jennifer Holloway - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Sep. 22, 2011
Senior Becky Crank serves the ball to an intended target during a drill at Fermi High's practice. Photos by Jennifer Holloway.
Senior Becky Crank serves the ball to an intended target during a drill at Fermi High's practice. Photos by Jennifer Holloway.

The Fermi High School girls’ volleyball team got off to a rocky start this season, losing its first three games to Tolland, RHAM and Bloomfield. “Zero-3 out of the gate is not where we want to be,” said coach Alex Pyznar.

The Falcons did play top teams in the state for their first two games, which is a difficult task for any team, but Pyznar said her team handled those games well. “It’s hard to start with two tough teams,” she said. “Our confidence is down; we need to build that up.”

Though not in a true rebuilding year, Pyznar said it feels that way. The Falcons lost several starting seniors to graduation, so this year’s seniors did not have as much playing time last season.

While the girls practice well, Pyznar said something is not translating to the games - possibly nerves have been playing a role. “We’ve gotten the nerves out, and we’re ready to move forward this season,” she said. “They work hard and practice hard. They have all the tools; it’s just making sure those come out in the game.”

Areas the Falcons are focusing on in practice are communication and passing accuracy. “If we get more communication, we’ll get a lot better,” said senior team captain Taylor Droney.

Both Droney and her co-captain, senior Lauren Barillari, have been on the varsity team since their sophomore years, and Pyznar said their leadership is a bright spot. “They’ve stepped up in teaching the JV what to do,” she said.

Above all, Pyznar is working to put together a competitive team. Last season’s record was 4-10, and the Falcons finished in last place in their conference. The coach’s goal for this season is to win at least eight games. “We can only go up from here,” Pyznar said.

Droney and Barillari are prepared to do their part in achieving that goal, along with Pyznar’s target of becoming more competitive. “We have to help each other correct mistakes,” Barillari said. “We can’t let each other get too down.”


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