By Alexandra Witek, Staff Writer
In just its third year, the volleyball program fielded full squads at both the varsity and JV level this season, with 13 players on the varsity roster, coached by Carol Moser and Lauren Pappa, and 12 on the JV, coached by Taylor Winchester.
“This is the first year that we had a both a JV and a varsity team, so when we first started practicing in the summer we had not yet hired a JV coach,” said Pappa, who served as the varsity assistant coach. “The varsity girls were instrumental in helping the JV girls learn how to play.”
Despite the relative inexperience at both levels compared to the more established programs of their Shore Conference opponents, both teams persevered through tough losses to earn the school’s first volleyball wins this season. The varsity team finished with a 2-17 record while the JV team ended at 2-16.
“Our first win was so exciting because I’ve gotten to watch the team grow since I was a sophomore, and it was just an amazing journey to see how our team has progressed,” senior captain Sarah Frankel said.
“It was one of the most exciting days of my life,” Pappa said of the first varsity win against Neptune High School on Oct. 3. “It was really an unbelievable day. We had to fight for every point, but it was a long time coming and we were ready to win. We didn’t let it get away from us.”
While their W-L records might not look impressive, players and coaches agree that both teams had successful seasons, as they earned milestone wins by working together to create a supportive environment and to develop skills that will allow the program to win more matches in the years to come.
“Volleyball really is a learning experience for girls coming to Trinity Hall,” Pappa said. “We get girls who are playing for the first time…There definitely was growth from the beginning of the season to the end.”