Rockville Rams volleyball team has its best season yet

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Fri., May. 24, 2013
With teammates Trong Tran and Malik Yarde looking on, Luke McCleary tries to make a save in the Rockville boys' volleyball team's match vs. Bulkeley on May 21. Photos by Steve Smith.
With teammates Trong Tran and Malik Yarde looking on, Luke McCleary tries to make a save in the Rockville boys' volleyball team's match vs. Bulkeley on May 21. Photos by Steve Smith.

Although the Rockville High School boys' varsity volleyball team just missed a playoff berth, the season would have to be qualified as a success. The Rams won their first game in the program's history (the first match of the season vs. East Hartford on April 3) and proceeded to win seven games this year.

Coach Kim Marinan said the wins came in part due to the most experienced squad she's coached thus far. “We have more kids, a desire to win and more talent,” she said, after the 3-1 win over Bulkeley. “I'm finally at a point where I've got guys who have played for a few years. The more that they're seeing and playing, the better they are getting at it, as well as playing as a team. They've been through a couple of seasons of not winning anything, so it's good to see them getting to this point.”

Marinan said standouts would include hitters Igor Biahliak and Malik Yarde, but the team has more success when the other players play well around them. “You can't rely on them all the time to just hit,” she said. “We've improved a lot, and it was great to get to this point.”

Marinan said the team's work ethic has also improved this season, but there have been ups and downs. “They want to do well,” she said. “We've run into a losing streak, and they get down and frustrated. I think they still have a learning curve.”

The Rams should improve next season, with only one varsity player graduating, and plenty returning with even more experience. “I'm looking forward to keeping it going,” Marinan said. “It's building. We've been around for six years, but the program's still new. We're still bringing in players.”

For a complete recap of the Rams' season, visit www.casciac.org.


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