Glastonbury Tomahawks volleyball team finishes near-perfect season, gears up for playoffs
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., May. 23, 2013
Glastonbury High School’s boys’ varsity volleyball team capped a 17-1 regular season with a 3-1 win over Cheshire and is heading for the playoffs. Coach Pat Ryan said the team’s experience is what has helped them to a nearly-perfect season. Of the team’s seven seniors, three of them (Stephen Matyas, Jack O’Callaghan and Matt Cyr) were four-year varsity players, and the remaining four were three-year players.
The team is ranked #1 in Class L, and its only loss was to Southington, on May 20, in a game where the Tomahawks’ setter Matt Alvarez got a concussion, which made them slightly disadvantaged for the last two games, but they pulled out both wins with Matt Houston – normally the team’s libero – filling in at setter.
Switching gears for the post-season will mean more intense practices. With a likely nine days off before the team’s first playoff appearance, Ryan said a scheduled scrimmage fell through, but several alumni of the team will be coming in to scrimmage over the next week.
“I’m going to have much more physically rigorous practices this week,” he said. “Then we’ll lighten up and move in toward scrimmages next week.”
That one loss also broke up a bid for an undefeated season, but Ryan said that didn’t affect the team much. “We never talked about an undefeated season,” Ryan said. “It never came up in conversation. We’re just trying to play for the next match. Everybody was aware of it, but it wasn’t a determining factor.”
Glastonbury will likely face Southington again in the tournament quarterfinals. “We’re really familiar with them,” Ryan said. “We play in the same club and a lot of the guys play on the same team in the same club. It went from being a less-than-friendly rivalry a few years ago to being a very friendly rivalry now.”
To reach the state title game, Ryan said his team needs to be more vocal. “When we’re playing well, we’re completely on fire,” he said. “Our guys sometimes have a tendency to be quiet – they’re not as communicative with each other, so we’re doing things to work on communication, so we don’t get crossed up. It’s little tiny concentration areas that we’re going to work on.”
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