RHAM volleyball looks strong heading into season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Mon., Sep. 9, 2013
Courtney Masna sets the ball for RHAM during a jamboree on Sept. 4. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Courtney Masna sets the ball for RHAM during a jamboree on Sept. 4. Photos by Melanie Savage.

RHAM team captains hadn’t been chosen yet by the time the RHAM volleyball team participated in a pre-season, multi-school jamboree at RHAM Middle School on Sept. 4. But asked to provide an early-season summary of this year’s team, head coach Tim Guernsey called upon the seniors, and Sarah Veilleux rose to the occasion.

Veilleux is entering her fourth year as a varsity member of the RHAM team, and was already distinguishing herself as a top-notch player as a freshman in 2010. Veilleux is also a top contributor to the RHAM girls’ basketball team. This year, she is among four seniors who will step up to fill the shoes of the departing players from last year’s team, which went to the semifinal round of the Class L state volleyball finals before falling to the eventual champion, Bristol Eastern.

Stepping in to fill the roles of graduating seniors Francesca Mack (middle), Katie Wood (libero), Hannah Hyatt (defensive specialist) and Briana Geoghegan, in addition to Veilleux, are senior Hannah Schmidt (libero), Carly Balskus (outside) and Courtney Masna (outside).  Veilleux also singled out junior Kelly Ryan (setter) as a significant contributor during the early days of the 2013-14 season.

Players are very dedicated to keeping up their skills during the off-season, according to Veilleux, participating in club volleyball during the winter and posting great attendance during the summer league. “And people went to camps all over the place,” said Veilleux. The result is a team that has come together quickly to form a cohesive and cooperative unit. “We’re really balanced in the front row and the back row,” said Veilleux. “Everyone knows their roles, and right now, everyone is doing what they need to do to be successful at the jamborees.”

A significant area of focus during the early part of the season has been serving, according to Veilleux. And it is paying off. “We’re definitely a lot stronger serving-wise than we were last year,” said Veilleux. Veilleux said that there are no weak links either offensively or defensively. “If everything continues as it is, we should be successful this year,” she said.

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