Glastonbury High girls' volleyball team brings experience, while changing up game plan

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Wed., Sep. 11, 2013
Glastonbury's Lauren Escribano bumps the ball in the round-robin-style jamboree scrimmage at Glastonbury High School on Sept. 7. Photos by Steve Smith.
Glastonbury's Lauren Escribano bumps the ball in the round-robin-style jamboree scrimmage at Glastonbury High School on Sept. 7. Photos by Steve Smith.

Glastonbury High School's girls' volleyball team will have a fresh face on the sideline, in coach Mariel Frey – a transplant from Virginia, who isn’t familiar with the history of the team, its players or the Tomahawks’ opponents – but that may be an advantage.

Frey played for Virginia Commonwealth University, and was a graduate assistant there, and coached club and camp volleyball in Richmond for several years before moving to Connecticut just four months ago. This is her first time coaching high school volleyball.

“The coaching aspect is the same,” she said. “The paperwork and other stuff you have to do is different, but I want to build a program here. The girls have a great attitude and are willing to learn. I told the girls, ‘I don’t know any of you. I haven’t seen any of you play, so you’ve got a clean slate, but you’ve got to bring it.’”

The varsity squad has eight seniors, three juniors and three sophomores, and is working on tactical plays as the season gets underway.

“We have a lot of big hitters, and our liberos are good hitters, too,” Frey said. “Athleticism is definitely on our side.”

Frey said she is implementing swing blocking this year – something Glastonbury hasn’t done in the recent past. “We’re also changing up our defensive transitions a little,” Frey said. “We’re working on getting all of that to be instinctual.”

The Tomahawks went 15-3 in the regular season last year, and fell to Southington in the quarterfinal of the Class LL tournament. But the coach isn’t concerned about history or avenging last year’s losses. She said she is focused on fine-tuning for the regular season, and the jamboree was a big help.

“I like to try to play different people in different spots, and I’m finishing up my line-ups from what I see,” she said.

The Tomahawks start the season at Windsor on Sept. 10 before hosting East Catholic on Sept. 16.

For a complete schedule, visit www.casciac.org.


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