Lyman volleyball posts strong start to 2013-14 season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Tue., Sep. 24, 2013
Mikayla Luft serves for Lyman Memorial during a Sept. 20 game against Griswold. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Mikayla Luft serves for Lyman Memorial during a Sept. 20 game against Griswold. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The Lyman Memorial High School girls’ volleyball team recognized some milestones for the 2012-13 season, and this year’s team is off to a very strong start, as well. Last year, the Bulldogs put together a 14-4 season, exceeding expectations by making it to the ECC semifinals for the third year in a row, collecting several conference awards, and making it to the state Division S quarterfinals for the third year in a row. The Bulldogs were knocked out of last year’s state tourney by Coventry High School, the team that went on to capture the Division S championship for the seventh straight year. At the time, Coventry was ranked the number one girls’ volleyball team in the state.

The Bulldogs graduated four seniors: Chelsey Hussey, Rachel Runkle, Genny Clements and Rachelle Hyburg. This year’s team is composed of a mix of experience levels, with five seniors stepping into leadership roles: Elizabeth Peay, Sierra Weum, Mikayla Luft, Natalie Wieczorek and Michelle Valliere. The Bulldogs have put together a very strong start to the 2013-14 season, with five wins as of press time. The team's only loss during the early part of the season came at the hands of Norwich Free Academy, a much larger school playing in Division LL.

The coach of the Lyman Memorial girls’ varsity volleyball team is Marty Gomez. The Bulldogs were scheduled to take on Granby Memorial on Sept. 24, and Windham High School on Sept. 25. The team returns home to take on Wheeler on Friday, Sept. 27, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

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