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Girls’ Volleyball Team serves up serious competition

Posted By Nick Sobel On September 30, 2009 @ 3:51 am In Sports | Comments Disabled

After what Coach Todd Elwell called “a Cinderella season, the Girls’ Volleyball Team is back to try and improve on last year’s sectional finals appearance.

With eight seniors leading the charge this year, the Lions have already started to turn some heads thanks to a successful record, including an early season five-set win on the road against the perennial powerhouse Lincoln-Sudbury.

Although Elwell maintains that, “how we finish is more important than how we start, he did admit, “to go to [Lincoln-Sudbury's] house early in the season and beat them in a five-set match is huge.

Downing powerhouse programs is nothing new for these Lions. During last season’s playoffs, the girls ventured to North Quincy, and beat a well-established program on its home court.

Wins like this have helped the program grow and mature, gaining them respect from spectators, opposing coaches and players, and friends. This respect has resulted in an increase in the size of the crowds that the girls play for.

“A few years ago, we could only hope to have 50 people watching our home opener, Elwell said. “This year we had about 150 people there. And that was the opener. If the winning continues, the crowds will only grow.

Much of the team’s success up to this point this year can be attributed to the great leadership the Lions have on the court this year. Senior captains Vanessa Gaillius and Celina Chan bring considerable experience and ability to the team.

With this experience comes the ability to stay focused even under duress, like in front of an adverse Lincoln-Sudbury crowd.

The Lions have a lot of hard work ahead of them, but they are poised to make a real standing in the Dual County League (DCL).

Last season, Girls’ Volleyball reached the sectional finals of the state tournament. Because of this, expectations for the team have been raised from last year.

“Last year we flew under the radar, allowing us to beat some really solid, established programs, Elwell said when asked to compare this year’s team to last year’s. “This year, we won’t be sneaking up on anybody. Luckily, this year’s team is the best I’ve had in a decade¦ If there were a year to make a run, this would be it.

With all these expectations, the Lions have a few goals for the season. At this point, they are taking aim at both a DCL title and a Sectional Championship. If they maintain their current high level of play, no one will rule them out.

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[2] Volleyball serves up its best record: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/10/28/volleyball-serves-up-its-best-record/

[3] Volleyball smashes competition, awaits tournament: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/05/21/volleyball-smashes-competition-awaits-tournament/

[4] Lion’s Basketball team rebounds after slow start: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2010/02/10/lion%e2%80%99s-basketball-team-rebounds-after-slow-start/

[5] Lions win DCL, go far in tournament: http://www.denebolaonline.net/2011/03/23/lions-win-dcl-go-far-in-tournament/

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