Raiders' boys' volleyball set for another strong season
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Fri., Apr. 6, 2012
The Enfield High School boys’ volleyball team plans to build off a successful 2011 season, in which the team finished 13-5 and clinched a berth in the Class M state tournament.
“Our goal as a whole, as a team, is to try and better ourselves,” said head coach Judy Joslin.
“We’re looking forward to every match. We want to make a run in states,” said Kevin Camidge, junior captain and opposite hitter.
The Raiders are led by senior captains Tyler DeMotigny and Hugh Lindo, alongside Camidge, and are expected to pick up where last year’s team left off, after graduating three senior starters.
“We expect to go to the championship, and there’s no reason we can’t,” said DeMotigny. “This is the best chemistry I’ve seen on a team.”
Enfield will look for its offense to be set up by DeMotigny, their setter; he’s supposed to touch every second ball.
“He’s an experienced setter,” Joslin said. “We need his strong passing because he keeps our offense running.”
DeMotigny will be look to pass to Lindo, the middle blocker, Camidge, opposite hitter, and junior Jason Xiong, right-side hitter, for the majority of the teams kills.
“We have really good hitting,” Camidge said. “We have the talent to go far.”
The Raiders will need strong hitting and passing to combat their deficiencies in their communication, serving and experience.
“Our serves are going to hurt us in long games,” DeMotigny said.
“Our junior players coming up are having a really nice year,” Joslin said. “They are strong physically and strong mentally; we just need to get them varsity experience.”
The Raiders look forward to a match at Glastonbury High School on April 13 and a home game versus Newington High School on April 23.
“They are really strong teams that have not been in our schedule in a while,” Joslin said.
“We are going to go step by step and game by game to win,” said Lindo. “We want to avenge our losses from last year and reach our goal [of a state championship].”
Enfield is 1-0 on the season, defeating South Windsor on April 4, 3-2, avenging a loss from last season.