Preview: Westerly girls volleyball

Preview: Westerly girls volleyball



Head coach:

Erinn Beal (2nd full season).

Assistant coach:

Rana Hamelin.

Last year:

The Bulldogs had quite a turnaround after four dismal seasons, finishing 11-6 overall and 10-4 in Division II-South. They won seven of their last nine matches, including a D-II quarterfinal.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors:

Megan Albamonti (MH, captain), Danielle Bernat (S), Winnie Haggerty (MH), Timmary Main (S-RSH), Alex Mitchell (RSH/S, captain), Caitlin Morrone (RSH), Janvi Patel (S).

Juniors:

Anna Cozzolino (MH), Daisy Gates (H, captain), Olivia Marsh (H). Junior: Kylee Marley (OH).

Sophomore:

Alexa Beal (OH).

New to varsity:

None.

Outlook:

Beal said she doesn’t know what to expect in the newly constituted Divison II, but the Bulldogs should make some waves coming off last season’s appearance in the D-II semifinals, their best season in eight years.

They’re blessed with height, depth, experience (seven returning seniors, including All-Division picks Albamonti and Mitchell) and chemistry (the core group has played together for two to three seasons). They also have more options at the net than Albamonti, a four-year varsity player.

Now Beal wants to see improved blocking and more attacking.

“That’s what we’ve been really working on in practice, is to get them a little more oriented toward attacking the ball,” she said. “Any opportunity we get, we want to attack everything and have everyone else be on the defensive instead of us. It feels like that’s what we’ve been doing the last few years.”

Beal’s principal concern has to do with the psychology of the team. She wants the Bulldogs to believe in themselves.

“I felt like last year they didn’t feel like they deserved to be as successful as they were because of maybe the way it had gone [in seasons] before,” she said. “I’m hoping I’ll see that difference, that they know that this is where you deserve to be, that we should be a team that other people are concerned with now.”

Coach’s take:

“If we can win the division, great. I want to go as far as we can go, to play to the very end.”

— Ken Sorensen

 


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