Rhode Island College
Stephanie Callaghan, Womenís
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
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
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.