Coventry girls' volleyball team seeks eighth straight state title

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Coventry - posted Tue., Sep. 10, 2013
Freshman Nichole Trudon plays for the Coventry volleyball team during a Sept. 4 jamboree at RHAM Middle School. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Freshman Nichole Trudon plays for the Coventry volleyball team during a Sept. 4 jamboree at RHAM Middle School. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Last year, the Coventry High School girls’ volleyball team captured its seventh straight state championship title. “It was one of the most successful classes we’ve ever had,” said head coach Ryan Giberson. The team graduated seven seniors, four of whom have gone on to play at the college level.

Stepping up this year to fill their shoes are seniors Kelly Foley, Eileen Zadrozny, Kelley Lindlau and Lindsay Williams. Of the four, Foley and Zadrozny have the most experience and are expected to make major contributions to the 2013 season.

Junior Emma Rose is another strong player on this year’s team. Rose has started since her freshman year and was an All-State selection last year as a sophomore.

“Our players have been working hard and focusing on our team strengths,” said Giberson. “We have tough servers and passers. We have moved some players in order to maximize our team strengths.”

Lending to the team’s strong cohesiveness is a firm commitment to the sport during the course of the year. Many participate in high-level club volleyball programs, according to Giberson. “They also play in our highly-competitive summer league,” he said.

In order to realize another successful season for 2013, “We need to be scrappy and play good defense,” said Giberson. “We also need to score early in transition.” Despite the loss of so many experienced players, “If we come together as a team and play the way we are capable, we can still make a run at an eighth straight Class S championship,” said Giberson.

The captains on this year’s Coventry High School girls’ volleyball team are Emma Rose, Kelly Foley and Eileen Zadrozny.


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