You’ve Been Served

Volleyball Season Ends with Award Night

You've Been Served

      “In order to become an elite program in any sport you must first learn how to overcome the adversity and struggles of building that program.” The volleyball season officially came to an end last week, as the team award night concluded. The team, coached by Mr. Chris Carlo, gave a great effort this season. The team went 3-15 for the season, but that record did not reflect the time, effort and energy the girls put into their season. The best thing about the team, however, was their ability to adapt to change.

     “Our best attribute has been the ability to adapt to change. We have constantly changed our lineup, plays, etc. and the kids have accepted this and have done their best. When having a losing record like we did this year, it so important to remain focused on what we are trying to achieve and that was perfecting our style of play,” said Coach Carlo.

     Coach Carlo expects to do many things to improve the program for next year. He plans to teach the girls more than just volleyball. He also plans to teach the girls life lessons. “It is important to instill core values to the kids outside of volleyball and to learn to give back to others.” He expects the girls to get more involved in the community, also.

     Even though the season might not have gone the way the players wanted, the team did not give up. The five leaders of the team, seniors Megan Tomsich, Abby Komar, Morgan KellyJoelle Baliker, and Nikki Luciano did not give up on their team. They kept on pushing through and tried to make the best of the season. When asked about the season, Luciano said, “This year really gave the team a perspective on how to be a true team player.”

     At the banquet there were individual awards handed out to the girls. MVP went to Megan Tomsich; Best Offensive Player was given to Joelle Baliker; Best Defensive Player was earned by junior Cassie Carlo; the Coach’s Award went to freshman Sydney Palovec and the Most Improved trophy went to sophomore Nicole Insana. Carlo and Tomsich also were honored with all – CVC Honorable Mention by the league coaches.

     When asked for a final thought Coach Carlo said, “During this process we [took] our lumps and [lost] games. What the 2014 team has done, is lay the groundwork for what type of team we plan on being. In time we will be in the race for the CVC title and, thanks to these young ladies and the sacrifices they made, we will get it done!”