Andover’s Inexperience Proves Costly; Ten Newcomers Join Team

Boys Volleyball’s inexperience proved limiting in their season opening scrimmage against Andover High, as the team went down 3-0. The team, returning only two starters from last season, including Captain Peter Bang ’11 and Thurston Smalley ‘11, is filled with young and new talent. With ten new players to the program and two JV players last year, the team looks to use the defeat as a learning experience. Marcus Smith ’12 said, “It felt really good to be back on the court and playing, but this game showed us that we really need to work harder during practice this week in order to get ready for our game next week.” Captain Peter Bang was optimistic about the loss saying, “Things didn’t click, but that was expected, for many of us, it was our first competitive volleyball game ever. As the team becomes more comfortable and confident on the court, we definitely have some potential.” Despite taking the loss, the Boys Volleyball team has incredible potential developing for the future and for a late season run into the playoffs. Newcomer Jimmy Philps ’12 said, “Before this match, we didn’t know how we would respond to adversity because we’ve never been tested like this before and we needed that first game under our belt to progress into the season.” Looking forward, the team plans to gain the fundamental skills and team chemistry necessary for a successful season and post-season. Marcus Smith said about the future, “Our team moral and cooperation are key to winning games. If we can improve in those two areas as well as working on passing, we will be the ones dominating.” Volleyball looks to start off its competitive season April 12th, when they face Central Catholic in their first official game of the 2011 season.