Varsity volleyball aims at continuing success

By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Wed., Sep. 12, 2012
Senior captains (l-r) Bryn Galuska and Kileigh Nassau are the only returning varsity players to the team. Photos by Christian Mysliwiec.
Senior captains (l-r) Bryn Galuska and Kileigh Nassau are the only returning varsity players to the team. Photos by Christian Mysliwiec.

Coming off a successful season last year, Tina Holt, head coach of South Windsor High School girls' varsity volleyball, is ready to continue that success this year. “We were 15-3 overall last year,” said Holt. They tied with Glastonbury for first place in the CCC North Division, winning the conference.

“We ended up ninth place in Class LL, and we had to play eighth-place seed Glastonbury, whom we lost to 3-1,” said Holt.

This is their fourth year in the CCC North Division, having competed in CCC East prior to that. In this division, South Windsor continuously vies for first place with Glastonbury and East Catholic.

They play Glastonbury late in September, at the bottom of the rotation. This gives Holt a chance to get a feel for her team before facing their rival, as opposed to last year, when they played Glastonbury at the beginning of the rotation.

“Glastonbury is going to be our number-one rival,” said Holt. “They always have a great team. They only lost a few seniors and kept a bigger squad. I'm in fact the opposite; I have a smaller squad, and I lost seven seniors out of my nine last year.”

Though Holt starts the season with only two starters with varsity experience, with the rest of the team either new or coming in from junior varsity, she still has plenty of confidence, for good reason. “I'm not going to call it a rebuilding year because my JV team was 18-0 last year,” she said.

Holt believes that having such talented young players, who have worked hard during the off season, will get her a place in the top three for the division once again.

Those two returning players are this year's senior captains, Bryn Galuska, senior setter, and Kileigh Nassau, defensive specialist and libero. The other seniors are Kristyn Lariviere, right side; Heather Nowak, outside hitter; Lindsay Pelletier, outside hitter; and Aubrey Wood, defensive specialist. Wood may also play libero this year as well.

There are two promising juniors who had some varsity experience from last year, Megan MacOmber and Olivia Bolden, both middle hitters. Holt also points out Sabrina Skenyon, who is a junior setter.

“We've known each other for so long. It's easier to play with people you can connect with and talk with easily than with people you don't know,” said Galuska.

“I think we blend well,” said Nassau. “We're already playing as a family. It's going to be a good season.”

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