A look at the 2013 Raiders girls volleyball team...Story by John Torsiello.
By, JOHN TORSIELLO
Perhaps in no other sport is team unity and cohesiveness more important than in volleyball.
The players on the floor must be in sync, know where one another is at all time and what is expected from each other in order to perform at their peak level. When it all clicks, it’s beautiful to behold.
Torrington High School volleyball coach Christine Gamari believes her team is close to finding the “oneness” that will make this year’s Raiders something special.
“We are excited about the upcoming season. I am working with a very talented, close-knit group. The senior leadership has been tremendous. The team is beginning to realize that they are accountable to one another and really starting to play as a complete unit. Limiting unforced errors and never allowing the ball to hit the floor without someone going after it will be season-long goals for us. We have 20 matches scheduled this year, with some competitive out of league matches to hopefully prepare us for the state tournament.”
Torrington finished 14-6 last season, Gamari’s second as head coach, and has compiled a 24-18 mark since she arrived on the sidelines. There is plenty of returning talent for Raider fans to be optimistic about this fall.
Top offensive players figure to be senior Kiley Rosengrant, a setter/opposite hitter, junior Samantha Zordan, and outside hitter, senior Jenna Gyuricsko, an outside hitter, junior Carly Ruzbasan, a middle hitter, sophomore Caitlyn Cornish, a middle hitter, and freshman Carissa Carbone, an opposite hitter.
Top defensive players include senior Shelby Consolini, a senior libero, and senior Rosa Hernandez, who Gamari called a defensive specialist.
Key losses due to graduation were setter Chevona Markel, outside hitter Nicole Kozlak, and Jamie Summers, a defensive specialist.
Gamari says Seymour, Holy Cross, Woodland, and Wolcott will likely be the teams to beat in the rough and tumble Naugatuck Valley League this season.
“Naugatuck has a new head coach, so it will be interesting to see how their style of play changes. I don't know if a favorite has emerged yet. We finished fourth in the NVL last year, and are hoping to improve upon that for this season.”
Torrington opens its season on the road at Naugy Tuesday and plays its first home match Thursday against Wilby at the Connie Donahue Gymnasium.