Girls' Volleyball climbs to 6-1
The Wilbraham & Monson Academy Girls’ Volleyball team continued its exceptional season, topping Miss Porter’s School 3-1 at the Academy Oct. 1.
The Titans (6-1 overall) improved to 6-0 against prep school competition with the win over the Class A school.
“I’m really proud of how we played against Miss Porter’s,” Ashley Theriault ’15 said. “We started out slowly, losing the first set, but we were able to pick each other up, which allowed us to win the next three sets.”
WMA dropped the first set 21-25 before responding with 26-24, 25-21 and 25-10 set victories. Most impressively, the Titans beat a solid team without four-year starter Bailey Giese ’15 (concussion).
“The team played great,” WMA Coach Donna Barone said. “They went from learning a new rotation to all of a sudden becoming a true team. By the fourth set, Miss Porter’s didn’t know what hit them – we were playing so well as a unit. I’m so ecstatic.
“Not having Bailey out there was initially a challenge, but I think it was a great opportunity for the other players to see what they’re made of. They rallied around each other and they’re learning that you don’t have one superstar in volleyball. It’s a team sport.”
Unlike recent years, the Titans have one thing they can always count on going into a match: experienced senior leadership, with the Academy sporting seven members in the Class of 2015.
“I’ve seen a significant change in the team this year,” Ashley said. “As a team we’ve grown together. It helps most of us have played with each other for three or four years. We have a big senior class. We’ve been able to grow each year.”
Anna McCartney ’15 and Meera Miller ’18 played very well at the net for the Titans, and Ashley was superb in her new role as setter. Ally Faulstick ’16 gave Miss Porter’s problems with her serving.
Coach Barone said her new assistant coach, John Reidy, has been an invaluable addition to the team this season. “He has this presence with the girls where he can joke but he’s teaching them,” Coach Barone said.
“He’s forcing them, in a good way, to take their game to the next level. He’s helped me learn more as a coach.”