EHHS volleyball looking ahead after loss
By Evan Pajer - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Thu., Sep. 27, 2012
East Hartford High School's varsity girls' volleyball team lost at home to Rocky Hill on Sept.26, coming off a loss to Glastonbury. Although the team made a strong effort, several missed serves allowed Rocky Hill to win in the fifth set, 15 to 7. Coach Martin Martinez said that this is not the first time the team's serving has cost them a win.
“We've been in this situation earlier in the season,” he said. “Our first server was out-of-bounds, and that killed our momentum.” Martinez said that serving was key against a team like Rocky Hill. “All we had to do was serve them out of the game,” he said.
Martinez said defense was also an area that needed improvement. “It all comes down to defense,” he said. “Devensively, we were not in position to play the ball effectively.”
He said that the team will focus on serving during their next practice, and set a goal of one missed serve per game. “There's no reason to have more than one missed serve a game,” he said. Martinez said the team will also work on communication, which he said was lacking during the game against Rocky Hill.
Martinez did recognize that this year's varsity team is still new, but told his players they had to move beyond their JV years. “If you're gonna be nervous, stay on the benches,” he told his players. The players seemed ready to move on from the loss.
While the team was down in the second period, Erin Buceivicus (#18) said, “We'll make a comeback. That's what we do.”
After the game, Shannon Walsh (#11) urged her team to not dwell on the loss. Despite the loss, the team made a strong effort. According to statistics kept by the team, Britney Rodriguez (#14) had 10 aces, three kills and 13 assists. Shannon Walsh had seven aces, three kills, and six digs. Jaritza Gonzales (#3) had 16 digs.