Boys' Volleyball overcomes inexperience, but not injuries
Posted 05/31/2012 02:14PM

Boys' Volleyball overcomes inexperience, but not injuries

No experience? No problem.

Despite returning just a handful of players, the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Volleyball team played very well over the second part of the season to finish 4-7.

“It started off pretty slow,” Elijah Barrows '12 said. “We only had three guys who had played previously. I think throughout the year we became a team and played well and started winning some games. Our hard work really showed. It was a good season.”

WMA opened with three losses before going 4-3 over its final seven matches. The Titans played very well against local high school teams in the latter part of the season, beating Sci-Tech and Central, and losing a tight match against East Longmeadow on Alumni Weekend.

“I thought it was cool because I knew a lot of the guys we were playing against,” said Elijah, of his experience playing against the high school teams. “It made the game more fun. And the other aspect is they got to see the school.”

The injury bug, however, eventually caught up to the Titans. Djery Jean Baptiste '14, who was coming along very well in the opening weeks with his play at the net, suffered a knee injury and was lost for the season. And then, right before the Founding Four Tournament, the final competition of the season, setter and team MVP Mike Boornazian (photo, right) was sidelined with a knee injury.

“It was bad,” said Elijah, referring to the injuries. “It was hard not having Mike there. He's our main setter. Everything goes through him. When he lost him it was a huge setback. It made it really difficult, especially because it was a big tournament.”

“The 2012 Boys' Volleyball season continued to see the growth in the popularity of the program,” Coach Donna Barone said. “However, early and late season injuries prevented the team from achieving its full potential, especially during the Founding Four Tournament.”