Girls' volleyball working towards tournament berth
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Wed., Sep. 12, 2012
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.