Hornets girls volleyball starts the year on a winning streak
By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Sep. 30, 2011
The new season has been a good one so far for East Hartford High School girls’ volleyball team. The varsity team is on a winning streak, as are the junior varsity and freshman teams.
“It was awesome,” said coach Janice May about the team's recent win over Windsor High School. “They deserve praise. They are doing an excellent job of working together right now.”
With more than half the team made up returning players, they are a group that is familiar with each other, the coach said.
There was also a surge of interest in volleyball this year. About 65 girls tried out this season, and about half were picked for the three teams.
Amber Heim and Meghan Kennedy are captains of the girls' varsity team this year. “It's been good. We're doing a lot better this year than we did last year,” said Kennedy, who is in her third year on the team, and her second as a captain. “I think we are playing with a lot more dedication. We have commitment.”
Heim, who is in her third season with the team and her first year as captain, agreed the team is working better together. “We have a goal to make it into the finals, and we're working really hard,” she said.
Even with many returning players, just as many are new to the team, Kennedy added. “In some ways, we're a different team than last year, and so we are playing different. We're not doing the same old thing.”
May is coaching the freshman and varsity girls’ volleyball teams this year, and assistant coach Martin Martinez is coach of the junior varsity team.
After the win against Windsor, teams were doing practice drills for an upcoming game against Wethersfield High School. “Right now, we're working on having more confidence in each other. We're going to stop second-guessing each other and start trusting that the other person on the floor is going to do her job,” May said. “And it’s working. They are terrific.”