E.O. Smith volleyball picks up first loss against RHAM

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Mansfield - posted Tue., Sep. 17, 2013
Allie Anagnostopoulos serves for E.O. Smith during a Sept. 16 game against RHAM. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Allie Anagnostopoulos serves for E.O. Smith during a Sept. 16 game against RHAM. Photos by Melanie Savage.

After winning its first three games of the regular season, the E.O. Smith girls’ volleyball team looked ahead to a Sept. 16 match-up against RHAM. With a 13-5 record last year, E.O. Smith was knocked out of the Class L state tournament by RHAM during round two, after securing a win in the first game of the post-season against Lyman Hall.

“RHAM is always a challenge in our conference, and [they] will be a great test for us to get an idea of where we stand,” said head coach Gail Murphy, heading into the game.

The Panthers lost eight seniors last year, but still have a fairly experienced lineup with four seniors and three juniors on the roster, all of whom saw varsity playing time last year. “My team is shaping up and is looking good early on,” said Murphy. “I believe our strength this year is that this group of girls truly enjoys being together off the court as much as being on the court.”

Murphy said she couldn’t pick one player as a standout. “They all have worked on their games and have improved since last year,” she said.

The seniors on this year’s E.O. Smith varsity volleyball team are Kayley Crooke (captain), Carly O'Day (captain), Holly Worski, Christy Vincente and Colleen Tyler. The JV coach is Jan Castle, and Murphy coaches the freshman team as well as the varsity team.

The Panthers ended up picking up their first loss of the season against RHAM, with game scores of 9-25, 22-25 and 13-25. There was a scary moment during game two, when junior Allie Anagnostopoulos went down with a painful injury to her knee. Anagnostopoulos was able to leave the court on crutches, and the match resumed. The Panthers next play at home on Monday, Sept. 23, when they will take on Bloomfield. Game time is 5 p.m.

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