SPFHS volleyball starts fresh after winning summer tournament

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Suzanne Jackson

The mindset of the girls volleyball team this season is in order to be a strong team on the court, you need to be one off the court. With a young team this year, seniors and co-captains Maggie Leahy and Michelle Cagnassola look to lead the team to a county championship this season.
 
“I definitely think that the teams are closer off the court than when we were last year. We already are having a pasta party tonight and it’s the first week. We are all excited,” said Leahy.
 
Coming off winning their bracket in their summer tournament, the team is stronger than ever and experimenting with new possibilities.  
 
“We have new players in new positions. We have old players playing new positions. We’re taking the preseason in a different direction in terms of how we prepare. So we are hoping that pays off,” said Coach Adrienne Stack.
 
Reflecting on last year’s season head coach Stack has plans to run a solid and firm offense. As long as the offense is strong and dependable that means that hitting and setting will follow.
 
“I think much like a quarterback in football needs to be very consistent, the offense has to be consistent so the hitters know where to be and I think channeling more consistency overall in the offense so that a player knows what she is supposed to do instead of watching what someone is not doing and trying to pick up the pace. So I think that is going to be really key,” Stack said.
 
Multiple players on the off-season participated in club volleyball teams.
 
“I think definitely getting some extra practice is always going to help you regardless of any sport,” said senior Hailey Thompson. “I think that doing that club outside of high school volleyball is something that people should look into doing because it helps.”
 
The team also has some big goals this year, including advancing to states and counties.
 
“I’d like to move further in states this year. We lost players due to injuries and a plethora of other things towards mid-season which hurt our chances for states. So I’m hoping that everybody is healthy, everybody is in the right mindset,” Stack said. “I would like to progress further in countys as well. We were a young team last year and we had two freshman definitely on varsity that played and started. This year we have two floating freshman and split time between JV and Freshman. So I think that we are a more seasoned team than last year so I’m hoping that experience pays off.”