Varsity volleyball improving daily at MHS

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Fri., Sep. 7, 2012
Molly Coughlin and Kristen DeCiantis, behind her, keep their eyes on the ball. Photos by Christian Mysliwiec.
Molly Coughlin and Kristen DeCiantis, behind her, keep their eyes on the ball. Photos by Christian Mysliwiec.

This is varsity volleyball coach Lindsay Skaret's first year coaching at Manchester High School, and she did not know what to expect of the team. “I came in being told it would be more along the lines of a rebuilding season,” Skaret said. After observing the athletes during the first weeks of practice, she sees a team with a lot of raw talent that she hopes to refine into skill.

As Skaret gets acquainted with how the girls play and work together, she and the players are keeping goals short-term. “I think we're taking it day by day, week by week, game by game,” she said.

Many of the players are new to the varsity team, including sophomore Kristen DeCiantis. Though new, she is progressing rapidly, and is now a setter. “She's such a strong athlete,” said Skaret. “She's very coachable. You tell her, 'Do this instead of that,' and she does it and gets better and better every day.”

Skaret has a core of upperclassmen who are particularly strong. “We have several strong seniors,” she said. “They're offensive seniors. D'Ante Bryant, Jocyln Worthington and Cassandra Grimaldi are very strong hitters.”

On the defensive side, she points out Taylor Warzynski, Michelle Hegenauer, and the libero, Justine Jarvis.

“They're looking good,” Skaret said. “It's just a matter of bringing it all together.”


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