EHHS boys' volleyball team has new attitude
By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., May. 4, 2012
Coach Bonnie Fineman is in her first season of coaching the East Hartford High School boys' varsity volleyball team, and says the potential of the team is not reflected in its current scores. At this point in the season, the team is 3-7.
“Our scores don't record how much improvement there has been – we are 150 points ahead of where we were last season at this time,” said Fineman, who has coached soccer at the high school and college level for the past 15 years.
The team recently played against Enrico Fermi in Enfield. “Sometimes games don't come out in our favor, but 150 points shows considerable improvement. In our game against Fermi, we were competitive on every point,” said Fineman.
Fineman is a former high school volleyball player, and she played volleyball for Rutgers University while a student there. “I love the sport because it’s so dynamic and powerful; the game moves very fast,” she said. “Every player on the team has to be able to play every position to master this sport.”
About 35 players turned out for this year's team, and about half the team members are returning players, including senior captains Stakes Lucero, Nick Rodriguez and Alstin Postrano.
“Stakes Lucero is one of our all-around players, one of our most consistent players,” Fineman said. “Nick Rodriguez is a very versatile player that we can use at different points. Alstin Postrano has stepped into the center role this season, taking most of the game play. He has really emerged as a leader this season.”
Two new players are also beginning to emerge on the court. “This year we have Robert Swain and Luis Alicea – two players on the varsity team who have never played volleyball before. And for them to come along so quickly and compete at this level – it’s quite unusual. I've not seen that before,” said Fineman. Swain also plays football at EHHS, and Alicea is on the soccer team.
Rodriguez said the team is ready to compete and not fazed by their losses at this point. “We've had our victories and losses – the main thing is that we are going up against them every time, win or lose,” Rodriguez said.
“We are working every day, and bringing a different attitude to the game,” said Postrano. “I am very optimistic about where we are going right now.”
Lucero said the team is hoping to make the state tournament for the first time in years. “The first half of the season did not go the way we wanted it, but the main thing is we are competitive until the last minute of the game,” he said.