Glastonbury Tomahawks volleyball team good on and off court
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Mon., Oct. 28, 2013
In Glastonbury's second to last game of the regular season, libero Amanda James served up six points in a row to rally from being down 24-18 and propel the Tomahawks to a 27-25 win in the third set to sweep the Eagles. Coach Mariel Frey said James has a great serve, and while that performance was special, "when she's on, she's on."
Serving has been one of the team's strengths this season, Frey said, and they get strong serves from several players, which gives the team an advantage by not allowing opponents to run their plays, and giving the Tomahawks an advantage on defense.
The team's hitters, led by seniors Lauren Escribano and Ali Hoogerwerff, can spike the ball hard, but also have keen awareness at the net, knowing when to use finesse and drop shots.
"We've done a really good job of running our plays with our hitters," Frey said. "We mix it up at the front row. One of the things we do every practice is work on short, tip and roll shots." To help with the hitters' sizing up situations, Frey added that while every team practices hitting, the Tomahawks use blockers on the other side.
With just one game to go, Glastonbury is 15-3, and is starting to think about the CCC and class LL tournaments, but Frey said there won't be much change in the team's game plan, but they will spend more time fine-tuning skills, trading in time at the gym. "I think we're going to keep doing what we're doing," she said. "We've been weight-lifting and conditioning all season. I'll probably get rid of that, so that we can focus more on volleyball skills."
The team's goal is to improve on last season, when Glastonbury went as far as the class LL quarterfinals. "That's what's been on their minds, and what we've been working toward their whole season," Frey said. "It's doable if we work hard and come prepared and show up to every game. If we get scared and timid, that's when things get chaotic."
Near the end of her first season with the team, Frey said her players' attitudes are great, and the fact that they are friends too helps on the court. "This is a great bunch of girls," Frey said. "They work hard and come to practice, and they are really close-knit, and that's important."
For more information about the postseason tournaments, visit www.ciacsports.com.