Girls' volleyball working towards tournament berth

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Wed., Sep. 12, 2012
Windsor Warriors work on approaching the net to hit. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Windsor Warriors work on approaching the net to hit. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Windsor Warriors girls’ volleyball team takes the court for the 2012 season with the hopes of sending its six seniors off right and building a strong program for the underclassmen by winning a berth in the state tournament. The Warriors' roster features a bevy of players with little to no varsity experience, one junior and a group of seven sophomores, who they believe can step up to the varsity level and contribute at a high level to help make a state tournament appearance.

“Expectations this year are definitely at least a .500 record and making it to states; we have in the past and we can definitely do it again,” said head coach Kristen Michalak. “We are a young team, but a strong team. There is a lot more teamwork and togetherness this year than there has been in the past. They are here to play for a team. It’s not about an individual, it’s all about the six players on the court, and the subs and the people that are helping them practice.”

The Warriors will look to a trio of senior captains - passer Tamla Morales, setter Molly Curry and all-around player Castella Copeland - to lead by example and guide them to the Class L playoffs. The Warrior squad views their versatility and bevy of all-around players as a major advantage to help them throughout the season. Having multiple all-around players on the court means they should have strong passing and setting for multiple positions which can create an explosive and balanced attack.

“We have a really good team this year; we have a tight bond together,” Copeland said. “We are coming together and we are really communicating. We’re going to have a great season.”

Windsor’s lack of endurance and inexperience may come back to hurt them in some games this year, but intense, fast-paced practices filled with running and agility are helping to get the players in game shape. The Warriors will also look to a duo of sophomore middle hitters to step up, the ‘Twin Towers’ of Torrie Epps and Cecelia Blamasah.

Windsor’s next home game is Monday, Sept. 24, versus East Hartford.

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