Lyman volleyball ends successful season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Tue., Nov. 13, 2012
Genny Clements sets the ball for her teammates. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Genny Clements sets the ball for her teammates. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The Lyman Memorial High School varsity volleyball team ended a successful season on Nov. 12 with a loss to Coventry in the quarterfinal round of the Class S state tourney. The Bulldogs were fully aware, going into the match, of the challenge they faced taking on the number-one team in the state (according to “We can’t afford to make any mistakes tonight,” said Lyman captain Chelsey Hussey before the match. “We have to play an almost perfect game. We know that.”

Ending the regular season with a 14-4 record, the Bulldogs have noted some milestones this year. They made it to the ECC semifinals for the third year in a row, “which no one expected us to do,” said Hussey. They also made it to the quarterfinals in the state tourney for the third year in a row. They have seen a number of players receive conference awards.

Against Coventry, the plan was to play a strong defensive game, make as few mistakes as possible, and “go out and have fun,” said Hussey. “We’re a very close team,” she added. “That allows us to recover from mistakes quickly.”

The Bulldogs put forward a tremendous effort. There were some shining moments, including several key blocks, some cross-court kills from Hussey, and some nail-biting volleys kept alive via pure grit and determination. But in the end, the Coventry Patriots put an end to the Bulldogs’ season with a final score of 3-0 and game scores of 25-13, 25-12 and 25-15.

The head coach of the Lyman Memorial girls’ volleyball team is Marty Gomez. Seniors on this year’s team are Hussey, Rachel Runkle, Genny Clements and Rachelle Hyburg.

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