Holy Trinity volleyball prepping for another district title run
The defending district champion Holy Trinity girls volleyball team may not have as much experience as last season, but the Tigers have plenty of talent and should have a chance to repeat.
photo by Carl Kotala
This season’s Holy Trinity volleyball team is different in many ways from the group that won the district championship last season.
But that doesn’t make the Tigers any less dangerous.
“We’re a little bit young,” coach Pete Klonowski said. “We might take a little bit of time to develop, but I think we’ve got a solid group here. We’ve had a great (first) week of practice already. We’re really moving forward.
“I like what we’re doing right now. I like the chemistry that we have. The kids seem to be getting along really well.”
The Tigers have five players returning from last year’s team, including seniors Hailey Vice (setter), Megan Sweeney (setter/outside hitter), Taya Britten (middle blocker) and Lucy Thomas (defensive specialist) along with junior outside hitter Kendall Vaught.
Whereas last year’s team was led by seven seniors, this year’s group features a mix of players from all four high school grades. While the players didn’t know each other all that well at the start of the year, they expect that won’t be the case by the season’s end.
“We can get to know each other better,” Sweeney said. “That’s part of the fun of it.”
The returning players also have the experience of seeing what it takes to win a district title and how to work in Klonowski’s fast-paced offense, knowledge they are happy to impart.
“I think it’s going to provide us a lot of insight for the newer players, kind of help them on what we need to do and stay focused on throughout the season, and (allow us to) lead the team in the right direction for success,” Vice said. “I definitely think we can get there.”
After opening the season Aug. 25 on the road against Merritt Island Christian, the Tigers will return home Sept. 2 to host Edgewood.
The early part of the season will not only give the players a chance to bond and grow together, Klonowski said it will also provide the younger players with a chance to get some significant playing time and perhaps even crack the starting lineup.
Though the district will be a challenge once again, Klonowski seems to like the hand he’s been dealt.
“I’m excited about this group,” he said.
And make no mistake about it, the players who were part of the district winning championship team — especially the seniors — want to go out as champions once again.
“I’d say we’re pretty determined,” Vice said. “It’s our last year here and we want to get as much out of this last season that we have in high school as possible. We can definitely get there with Pete as our coach and hard work. We’re definitely working really hard.”