Rhode Island College Student-Athlete Journal

Stephanie Callaghan, Womenís Volleyball

 

This season of womenís volleyball started off with many changes. We had new coaches, new players, and a whole new system of volleyball to get acquainted with. On the first day of practice, there were many new and excited faces. Everyone was eagerly anticipating what the season would hold. Surprisingly, there was little tension among this group of unfamiliar girls. Everyone was working together and pushing each other to get through that first week of grueling double sessions.

A new coach, Craig Letourneau, was hired to replace Coach Norberg who was the previous volleyball coach for 19 years. One of our top seniors on last yearís team, Erica Waltonen, had taken the job of assistant coach. The first week these two coaches pushed us to our limits. We ran, jumped, sprinted, blocked, spiked, dove, and dug until our bodies could take no more. Then we came back in the afternoon to do it all again. They were getting us ready for what we all hoped to be a very successful season.

There are very few returning players from last yearís team. I am the only senior, and there are no remaining juniors. This is a very young team, which makes the future look very promising. There are many sophomores, freshmen, and transfer students who are playing very important roles for the team this year. Sophomore, Tracy Lopes is our teamís defensive specialist known as the libero. Erica Poirier, also a very talented sophomore, is starting as middle hitter. Freshman, Stacy Archambault is starting opposite Erica also as a middle hitter. Sara Chamberland, a freshman, has seen time both in the back row and as middle hitter so far this season. Transfers, Jillian Krebs and Mia Shaffer, both very experienced and highly skilled players are the teamís setters. Amanda Yanski and Lauriza Monegro, two very talented transfers as well, are making huge contributions to the team as power hitters.

Every player brings something special to the team, whether itís through their personality, work ethic, or special skill that they possess. Everyoneís talents are coming together to produce successful outcomes when playing the game. We are now about halfway through the season and things are looking good. Weíve already won as many games this season as we won last season and we still have half the season to go. We are improving every day, whether playing a match or just practicing. We are now playing as a team, no longer as individuals. I think that this season thus far can be considered a very successful one, and I also think that our team is definitely one to watch out for in the future.

 

Stephanie Callaghan is a senior outside hitter from Warwick, Rhode Island. She is an elementary education major and a 1999 graduate of Pilgrim High School. The Anchorwomen are currently 6-9 overall and 2-2 in the Little East Conference.


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