Windsor High School girls’ volleyball up for the challenge

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Wed., Oct. 12, 2011
WHS volleyball's (l-r) Raleighe Orszulak (#5), Janae Wilson (#3) and Wafa Simpore (#16). Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
WHS volleyball's (l-r) Raleighe Orszulak (#5), Janae Wilson (#3) and Wafa Simpore (#16). Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

“We face difficult obstacles,” Windsor High School girls’ volleyball head coach Kristen Weber said recently. “Large schools, tough competition, injuries and small numbers are an everyday challenge, but this team has never let that interfere with their willingness to try or to work at 100 percent.”

In her fifth season, Weber and assistant coaches Jenna Verheyen and La’Tosha Woodard are developing a program based on year-round team-building. “The players have been hard at work in the off-season training, as well as during the season to be the best they can be,” Weber said. “Our overall goal is the same as every year- to be Windsor’s first volleyball team to win a banner for the gym and/or to make it past the second round of states.”

“The team’s greatest strength is their personalities; this is the first varsity team where everyone seems to genuinely care about one another,” the coach said. “They are a fun bunch of girls who enjoy the game. Their weakness also comes in their personalities. They like each other too much and feel badly about getting in each other’s way; they are too nice!”

Returning from a 9-9 2010 season, the Lady Warriors are battling a current 1-8 record. Standings aside, the squad has several stand-out players. “Janae Wilson is a tremendous athlete,” Weber said. “She will lead the team no matter where she plays and has tried setting this year, and hitting from different positions. Once the team figures out how to make things work on the court, Janae will start to shine offensively. Molly Curry is a strong setter and continues to be the voice on the court. She is a very smart player who can help focus the team.”

“Miesha Williams is an outstanding back row/libero player for us this year,” the coach remarked. “She started playing two years ago and has taken the game very seriously. She’s a great example of hard work and dedication paying off.”

Finally, Weber recognized Marissa Cort. “Marissa is a great all-around player whose middle name is hustle. In her honor, a special $100 reward was offered to each player on the team who never lets the ball hit the ground during a match.”

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