RHAM girls' volleyball takes Class L state championship

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Nov. 19, 2013
Kaylee Danaher returns a serve from Farmington during a Nov. 16 Class L semifinal game. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Kaylee Danaher returns a serve from Farmington during a Nov. 16 Class L semifinal game. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Fans who attended the Class L state championship match on Nov. 16 at Berlin High School were in for a treat. RHAM and Farmington were two evenly-matched teams, playing with precision and coordination that were a pleasure to watch. There were spectacular saves, close calls and close scores throughout.

Both teams entered the tourney with undefeated records. Farmington pulled a number-one seed by virtue of the fact that the team had faced one additional opponent (19 vs. 18 for RHAM).

Game scores were 25-19, 23-25, 26-24, 22-25, and 15-13, with RHAM pulling out an eventual victory of 3-2 to capture the Class L state championship.

“It’s been an emotional year, and I’m so proud of these kids” said coach Tim Guernsey. “They just kept fighting back. These guys performed. They never gave up, they never gave in. They deserve all the credit.”

Senor Sarah Veilleux received the MVP award for the game. But the credit goes to the team as a whole, said the coach. “Sarah gets the majority of the balls,” said Guernsey, “but she can’t do it on her own. I think we’re very well-rounded.”

Guernsey credited his players with working hard and showing great dedication. “These kids are in every morning at 6 a.m.,” he said. “You can’t say they don’t work hard and they didn’t deserve it.” But in the end, it was determination that lead to success, said Guernsey. “You can’t coach gut, and those kids had it,” he said. “It’s that passion and intensity that they played with that did it.”


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