Fermi volleyball to pursue state championship

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Apr. 12, 2012
Senior John Cheney prepares to jump-serve during practice. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Senior John Cheney prepares to jump-serve during practice. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Enrico Fermi High School boys' volleyball team returns the entire starting lineup from the 2011 squad that finished 17-4 and 6-2 in conference. The 2011 team won the Central Connecticut Conference East for the third year in a row and advanced to the semifinals (Final Four) of the Class M state tournament before losing to the tournament champion, Darien.

“Our goal is a state title,” said Cody Brown. “We won’t accept anything less than that.”

“The bar has been set high,” said head coach Alexandra Pyznar. “Winning a state tournament is possible; they know what it takes to win after making it deep into states last year.”

The entire Falcon varsity squad is made up of seniors, 10 total, including captains Cody Brown, John Bowen and Josh Cheney, setter, outside hitter and middle blocker, respectively.

“We have a strong core where everyone has something to offer,” Pyznar said. “They all pitch in and are willing to help out to win."

“I’ve never seen a team as close as we are,” Cheney said. “We have more fun together on the bus [to a game] than anywhere else.”

The Falcons' team chemistry is highlighted by the entire team sharing the same haircut: mohawks. Fermi’s strength lies in their team unity, hitting, and improvement in passing.

“I’ve worked hard on improving my passing,” Brown said. “I had to learn to set outside to create a more balanced attack for us.”

“A lot of teams have one or two go to players,” Pyznar said. “I have seven.”

Fermi’s main area to improve upon is not getting down and frustrated with themselves after making a mistake. “We just need to get out of it quicker,” Pyznar said. “Everyone makes a mistake, you just have to brush it off and move on. There’s no time to be angry.”

Pyznar looks forward to the tough conference games because each team wants to take down the Falcons. “Our conference is tough,” Pyznar said. “It’s not as easy as it used to be, and we have to control it.”

The senior-laden team looks forward to a home match-up with rival Enfield High School on May 17 for Senior Day. “It will show who is the better team in Enfield,” Bowen said.

”They won’t accept anything but a 2012 up there [as she points to the wall where the state titles hang],” Pyznar said. “I will miss all of them next year. I’m extremely proud of what they’ve accomplished.”

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