RHAM volleyball faces final hurdle for undefeated season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Oct. 23, 2012
Courtney Masna goes after the ball during an Oct. 22 game against Fermi. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Courtney Masna goes after the ball during an Oct. 22 game against Fermi. Photos by Melanie Savage.

It wouldn’t have been difficult to predict the outcome of an Oct. 22 matchup against the RHAM and Fermi volleyball teams. Fermi came into the match with a 2-12 record, having beaten Hartford Public twice. Their only other winning games came against Rockville, in a match which they eventually lost in a 3-2 final.

RHAM came into the Fermi game with an undefeated 16-0 record. They lost two games to East Lyme early in the season, only to come back in a 3-2 win. At the time, head coach Tim Guernsey said, “I’ve never, ever had a team come back from 2 and 0 in the 10 or 11 years I’ve been coaching this team. It was a great mental confidence booster.”

Fast forward one month and the Sachems had only lost one other game all season - to Southington on Oct. 5. The Sachems expected Southington to present a challenge. Looking ahead to the Oct. 5 Dig Pink game, “Southington’s always a good match,” said senior Francesca Mack. But the Sachems took the Southington match by a final score of 3-1.

Predictably, the Oct. 22 match against Fermi was another easy win for RHAM, with the Sachems putting away the Enfield team in a 1, 2, 3 win that took just under one hour. Fermi put in the effort, but was no match for RHAM’s polish. The RHAM girls have the skills, they know their positions, and they work together with clockwork precision. “How does he manage to put together such a good team every year with different kids?” asked a Fermi parent from the stands.

RHAM will play their final match of the regular season at home against Rocky Hill on Friday, Oct. 26, beginning at 6 p.m. Rocky Hill comes into the match with a 13-4 record, having already lost to RHAM earlier in the season. The Sachems will not only be defending their undefeated record, but will be celebrating their senior members during Senior Night.

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