Volleyball team getting it done with all-team effort

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Sep. 20, 2012
Senior Olivia Scalise taps one over the net in the Tomahawks' match at East Catholic on Sept. 19. Photos by Steve Smith.
Senior Olivia Scalise taps one over the net in the Tomahawks' match at East Catholic on Sept. 19. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Glastonbury High School volleyball team is off to a 3-0 start (after a win over East Catholic on Sept. 19) and has yet to lose a set.

Coach Tracey Hollenbaugh said she has a team with great chemistry and flexibility that is pushing themselves at each game and practice.
“They're continuing to play outside their comfort zone and they're learning more every day,” Hollenbaugh said. “They are trying to be better every time they are out there, and I think it shows.”

Hollenbaugh said there is still room for improvement, especially in the mental aspects of the game. “I think technically, we have a lot of great things going on,” she said. “I think I would just like to see them grow as much mentally as I see them in the technical aspects of the game, and defensively we need to be a little more savvy.”

The team graduated six seniors (four starters) in 2011, but returns eight seniors, including two starters from last year's CCC North Championship team, including All-Conference setter Amanda Edison. Hollenbaugh said that although Edison and seniors Abby Gordon and Danielle Ganci are leading the team well, the team's strength is in its depth.

“I don't have that extreme star,” Hollenbaugh said.

The keys to another trip to the conference and state tournaments will be keeping the consistency levels high, and upping the level of offense when holding the serve. “We're doing well now, where we can get four or five points in a row,” she said. “As the season progresses, it's going to have to be five to seven points or more.”

That will keep momentum in their favor, Hollenbaugh said, as will using more of their players in unfamiliar roles – making everyone, in effect, a secret weapon on offense.

“We're working on our out-of-system [plays], for when our setter isn't getting the second ball, so we can still get an attack from the back row,” she said. “Anybody back there can take a swing and attack from anywhere – that's what we want.”

Hollenbaugh said upcoming games at South Windsor on Sept. 28 and Bristol Eastern on Oct. 5 will be good tests for the team.

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