Eagles volleyball team gets tested at the right time

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Tolland - posted Thu., Oct. 3, 2013
Tolland setter Krista Copeland makes a play in the Eagles' game vs. E.O. Smith on Sept. 30. Photos by Steve Smith.
Tolland setter Krista Copeland makes a play in the Eagles' game vs. E.O. Smith on Sept. 30. Photos by Steve Smith.

The Tolland Eagles girls' volleyball team had just its second loss of the season (to E.O. Smith) on Sept. 30, but coach Vincent Cianfarani said it may have benefited his players, having been a good test of where they are and where they need to be. “I thought they played just a little better than us in a couple parts of the game,” he said. “I give them credit. They are a very good team. We were neck and neck with them for most of the four sets.”

Now 6-2, the Eagles have a good mix of senior leaders and up-and-coming younger players. Cianfarani said libero Madison Soucy can pass the ball as well as any player in the state, and the team has athleticism in the middle hitters, with senior Chelsea Domian and junior Julia Danielson able to smash the ball over the net, and provide consistent blocking.

The Eagles overall depth is good, too, with 10 players being rotated onto the court, and more due back from injuries soon. The on-the-court play is good, Cianfarani said, but will also be improving.

“We're going to be okay, and we're going to get better in a couple of facets of the game,” he said. “At times, we're tentative and we don't trust each other as much as I'd like to see. We let a couple of balls drop due to some lack of communication, but we're working a lot on communication, so we should be taking that the other way.”

The E.O. Smith game, as well as upcoming matches against RHAM and South Windsor, Cianfarani said, will tell a lot about his Eagles squad. “These are all games that I look forward to because they are measuring sticks for where we are now, and they will prepare us for tournament games,” he said.

Tolland hosts South Windsor on Oct. 4, and Rockville on Oct. 8.

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