Experienced Raiders look to turn season around
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Tue., Oct. 2, 2012
The 2011 Enfield High School girls’ volleyball team finished its season with a 5-10 record, falling just short of the Class M state tournament by three wins. The 2012 squad has gotten out to a slow start, with just one win in their first seven games, but they will look to their experienced upperclassmen of four seniors and five juniors to put them back on track and lead them to a state tournament berth.
“States are still within reach,” said head coach Albina Belisle. “Ultimately, I want us to work together better than we have. I want to become more of a family and not get upset with each other as much as they do on the court. They want it so bad and sometimes the way they react, when one mopes the other one might mope, and you need to pick them up. I would like to finish 50-50 to make the playoffs. Anything is possible; I believe we have a good team that can pull it off.”
The Raiders are led by senior captain and setter Morgan Doiron. The lone captain is also the team’s strongest and most consistent server, which has been key to the team taking some early leads. Doiron’s passing ability and setting up the Enfield attack will be a major key if the team plans to turn around its season. “When she is on, she makes everyone around her better and the team is on,” Belisle said.
The Enfield attack is led by senior middle hitter Macy Peach, who can be a dominant force blocking shots and tallying kills when she is on her A-game. The team is also looking for strong contributions from junior middle hitter Gaby Grossi, who is returning from a shoulder injury. Leading the attack from the wings will be junior outside hitter Melissa Marshall. The backlines are led by junior libero Mariah Vella, who has worked all offseason to improve her footwork to run the back row to track down and dig balls to help facilitate the Raider attack.
“Every day we work on our consistency,” Belisle said. “We work on the basics to try and get game on game action; we practice like they play, because that is big for us.”