Inexperienced Wildcats work toward first state tournament berth

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Suffield - posted Thu., Oct. 4, 2012
The 2012 Suffild Wildcat captains are Alysia Krzanowski, Alexa Pallotti and Samantha Thomas . Photos by Colin Rajala.
The 2012 Suffild Wildcat captains are Alysia Krzanowski, Alexa Pallotti and Samantha Thomas . Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Suffield High School girls’ volleyball team finished the 2011 season with a 1-14 record in their first season of competition as a varsity program in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference Class M Division. The 2012 squad is inexperienced, with only four players with varsity experience and a head coach in her first year at the varsity level. The team experienced some growing pains in the beginning of the season, getting out of the gate with a sluggish start, but the Wildcats have picked up the pace and doubled their win total from last season in just seven games, by winning back-to-back games for the first time in program history.

“The team’s main goal is to make it to states,” said head coach Sam Brown. “We have progressed a lot since the beginning of the season, so I can really see it happening. You need eight wins to qualify for the state tournament, and I think that they are going to be able to do it.”

The Wildcat offensive attack will be led by a duo of senior captains and middle hitters, Alysia Krzanowski and Samantha Thomas. The two girls both stand over 5 feet, 9 inches tall, serving as an imposing force at the net, blocking shots on defense and tallying many spikes and kills on offense. Contributing to the Suffield attack will be junior captain and outside hitter Alexa Pallotti. The offensive attack is facilitated by junior setter Meredith Ouellette. She is a spark plug on the court for the Wildcats and takes charge during the game, calling for the ball and making plays.

“Our season started off a little slow, but we have been working hard in practice and it is definitely paying off; we have gotten a lot better,” Krzanowski said.

“When we play our game, we are capable of beating any team,” Pallotti said.

If the Wildcats hope to make the state tournament, they will need to continue working on their consistency serving the ball as well as their communication on the court. They may also need a player from their back row to come in and take a leadership role to assist the passing game with clean digs.

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