Volleyball Provides New Opportunity for Fall Athletes

By Grace Kearney, Staff Writer

This year, the school added JV volleyball to its fall sports offerings due to student interest and to give athletic opportunities to students who may not have had prior experience in the other fall sports.

“Volleyball is a great sport for those who may not have done many sports throughout middle school, especially since many of the girls had never played outside of middle school gym class,” said Athletic Director Ken Santos.

Jackie Fletcher and Sarah Frankel look to teammate Hailey Hartnett for a dig in their game against Long Branch High School on Oct. 15. Photo by Alexandria Principe

Jackie F. and Sarah F. look to teammate Hailey H. for a dig in their game against Long Branch High School on Oct. 15.
Photo by Alexandria Principe

Although the team did not win any games this season, the players and coaches are optimistic about the future of the program. “The girls have really become a team and learned to work together,” said head coach Chelsea Davis. “The level of improvement is amazing.”

No one on this year’s team had previously played volleyball, with the exception of freshman Lindsay Bischoff, who played for her middle school team. One of the greatest challenges this season was teaching the girls the basics of the game. Although the team won some matches and scrimmages, they were not able to win a game, something they hope to change in the near future.

Despite this slow start, the players all agree that they improved throughout the season. “Almost all of us went from inexperienced players, who barely knew the game itself, to the team we have today,” said freshman Lexi Salerno. The players also expressed appreciation for the patience and support of their coaches as they learned their new sport.

“I truly enjoyed being part of the inaugural volleyball team at Trinity Hall, especially since I was also part of my high school’s first volleyball team,” assistant coach Melissa Whelan said. “Based on the enthusiasm and improvement of this year’s players, I’m confident that we will have a successful season next year, and as our enrollment grows, we’ll be able to compete on both JV and varsity levels in the near future.”

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