Panthers volleyball firing on all cylinders

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Plainfield - posted Fri., Sep. 28, 2012
The Panthers have 11 seniors on the 2012 team. Photos by D. Coffey.
The Panthers have 11 seniors on the 2012 team. Photos by D. Coffey.

The Plainfield High School volleyball team swept Griswold in a Sept. 26 match. It's something that wouldn't have happened just six years ago, according to coach Bob Arremony. “We couldn't even play with Griswold six years ago,” he said. But the Panthers have come far in a short time, and Arremony gives all the credit to the girls.

The Panthers have several players performing at high levels, and the team has come together. “Our serving has been excellent, setter Olivia Marlandola is getting the ball to everyone, and our hitters are hitting,” Arremony said. “Morgan Griffin, Maddie Facchini, Ashlyn Hart and Cassidy Ball are hitting the ball all over the place.” Karen Molina, Chivon Burns and Enxhi Ferraj have been key on defense.

The Panthers have spent a good deal of practice time on the serve and serve-receive portions of the game. And the team has benefited from several of the players attending volleyball camp sponsored by Connecticut College this summer, as well as a town recreational volleyball program. Sometimes hearing a different voice helps, Arremony said.

The team aims to improve their play along the net. Arremony has seen a big improvement since just last week. “We just started playing the net. We spent a lot of time in practice and the last two games we've been very good along the net,” he said. “We won a lot of balls and were able to knock them to the other team’s side.  We want to continue that.”

“I'm just happy with everybody as long as they serve, move their feet well and get the ball in play and get their hits,” said Arremony. “Our goal is to go to the ECC tournament. We want to win the Medium division if we can. It's a tough division. There won't be anything easy about it.”

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