RHAM volleyball hopes for another strong season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Mon., Sep. 24, 2012
Coach Tim Guernsey warms up the team during a Sept. 20 practice session. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Coach Tim Guernsey warms up the team during a Sept. 20 practice session. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The RHAM girls’ volleyball team came just one game away from capturing the Class L state championship last year. This year, with a very strong team that has already put away four opponents, they have a good chance of getting another shot at the state title.

The Sachems have already put away East Lyme, the team that beat them in the 2011 state finals game. They lost the first two games, then came back with three in a row to take the match. “Which was huge,” said Francesca Mack, one of four seniors on this year’s team. “That was probably one of our toughest games of the season, and to come back like that was huge.”

“I’ve never, ever had a team come back from 2 and 0 in the 10 or 11 years I’ve been coaching this team,” said head coach Tim Guernsey. “It was a great mental confidence booster.”

Mack agreed. “It definitely brought our team closer together,” she said. “We don’t care as much now about who gets the credit. It’s just what’s best for the team.”

An Oct. 5 Dig Pink game against Southington should present a challenge for the Sachems. “Southington’s always a good match,” said Mack. Long term, the mantra will be, “Never be satisfied. Always strive to get better,” said Mack. “We definitely have to strive to play to our level.”

Joining Guernsey this year as coach of the JV team is Chloe Rishell, a member of the RHAM state championship volleyball team who graduated in 2010. “She’s a very hard worker and she’s a mentally tough kid,” said Guernsey, “so she’s perfect for the job.”

The seniors on this year’s RHAM volleyball team are Francesca Mack, Briana Geoghegan, Katie Wood and Hannah Hyatt.

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