Lady Rams improving and enjoying season

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Thu., Oct. 18, 2012
Victoria Maughan makes a spike in the Lady Rams' 3-0 victory over Hartford Public on Oct. 17. Photos by Steve Smith.
Victoria Maughan makes a spike in the Lady Rams' 3-0 victory over Hartford Public on Oct. 17. Photos by Steve Smith.

With its 3-0 win over Hartford Public on Oct. 17, the Rockville High School volleyball team improved to 5-9 season record – a mark that is already an improvement over last year – and kept its chance at a tournament berth alive. But coach Kimberly Marinan is just glad to see her junior-laden team evolve this season, and said overall depth has become the Lady Rams' strength.

“I have a starting six, but they've all been contributing in some fashion,” she said of her players, adding that the last two sets vs. Hartford Public were played by non-starters, but they were still able to win.

“I gave them some deserved playing time and they did well,” she said.

While the team is aware of their playoff chances, they are more focused on each game and their individual improvements. “It's in the back [of their minds],” Marinan said. “They knew there have been a couple of close games that could have put them over the top to get there, but they know it's going to be a tough road.”

In practices, the team is working on being more aggressive, and learning to make decisions quicker. “They're trying to anticipate what the next play is going to be, and be there already,” Marinan said. “The communication is making progress, but it's still something we're working on every game. It's too easy for them to close up and not talk, but then they miss the ball. So, we work on it all the time.”

Regardless of how the Lady Rams finish their season, they seem to be enjoying it. “They definitely have a positive attitude, and they are really great kids,” Marinan said.

Rockville ends the regular season on Oct. 25 vs. Fermi. Rockville won the previous match vs. Fermi, 3-2, on Oct. 1.

For a complete schedule and results, visit www.casciac.org.

 


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