(Cayleigh Griffin, a senior on the Trinity Catholic High School volleyball team, will be blogging about her experiences this season. This is her first entry)
By Cayleigh Griffin
Saying goodbye to summer tends to be hard for everyone, but it always seems to be especially difficult for me. I have just recently returned from spending two months in Long Beach Island, N.J., with family and friends from all over the country.
Upon arriving home, I was hit with the reality of having to move my best friend and former passing partner, Keelin Walsh, into college. To add to my stress level, I have been preparing for my college applications, essays and visits, SATs and ACTs, and the start of my senior year.
What could possibly be holding me together at this point? The answer is quite simple: volleyball.
Saturday marked the start of my stress reliever, and I could not have been more excited. Although many players from last year’s team did not return, everyone was pleasantly surprised to see about 20 new faces filing into the gym.
Seven seniors remain and we all know the big shoes we have to fill as leaders on and off the court. Every senior has already played role model at least once since tryouts started.
We have also added Mrs. E, Marge Eilertsen, a former player at our school and the University of Maryland, to our coaching staff. From day one, she has been able to fix and tweak our slightest mistakes to help us become more successful in the long run.
Every returning player has improved her game, especially Kelly Palma, who played for the CT Impact team during the winter and spring seasons. With four out of six returning starters, our FCIAC and state goals seem to be more achievable then ever.
As everyone tries to put together a lineup in their heads, Coach Pucci has been monitoring our every play and will determine which girls will complement each other best so we eventually end up with the win.
With scrimmages at King and Stamford High at the end of the week, I know I can speak for the whole team when I say that we are truly excited for this season and have so much that we want to accomplish.
So as I struggle through the college process and life without my best friend and the beach for a while, at least I have volleyball there to act as my glue that holds all the pieces of my fall season together.