MHS girls' volleyball team wins spot in post-season tournament

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Thu., Oct. 27, 2011
MHS girls' volleyball starter D'Ante Bryant readies to return the ball during the Oct. 24 game vs. Wethersfield. Photos by Martha Marteney.
MHS girls' volleyball starter D'Ante Bryant readies to return the ball during the Oct. 24 game vs. Wethersfield. Photos by Martha Marteney.

“It’s an up game,” explained senior Alicia Mazzoni as her reason for enjoying volleyball. “It’s never really slow.” Mazzoni plays back row for the Manchester High School girls’ volleyball team.

The Oct. 24 home game against Wethersfield High School most definitely was not a slow game. “The game was a nail-biting match, going back and forth between both teams, until we took over and set the pace for the rest of the game,” said coach Ezequiel “Memo” Alejandro. The match was won 3-2 by Manchester with the individual games scores of 25-16, 20-25, 21-25,25-20 and 15-11.

“They’re a very good group,” said Alejandro. “When they’re hot, they’re hot.”

Senior tri-captain Caitlyn Mockler, the team’s starting setter, said the team is known for never giving up. “We put out the effort,” she said, “And there’s always a smile on our faces.” As the setter, she needs to lead the team. Megan Carderelli and Taylor Blodgett are the other tri-captains.

Both teammates and coach agree that the team had a rough season to start, mostly due to a lack of communication and team cohesiveness. According to senior Meghan Kelliher, who currently plays front left, the team is now a family, supporting each other. She credits the after-practice bonding sessions for the improved communication, both on and off the court.

“We’re a strong team this year,” added Mazzoni. “There’s no drama.” Alejandro credited the team for realizing on its own the need for developing better communication and cohesiveness.

Kelliher also noted the difference between being on the junior varsity and varsity teams. “Varsity is a lot more serious and competitive,” she explained, “so you get to use the skills learned in JV a lot more.” This was her first year on the varsity team.

With a run of wins in the second half of the season, the team will be continuing into the post-season tournament. For information on the tournament, visit the website casciac.org. The pairings will be posted on Nov. 4.


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