Holy Trinity volleyball aims high in 2017


Published:

The Holy Trinity volleyball team has some pretty lofty goals for this season … and it’s easy to see why.

With eight players, including six starters, back from a team that went to its second consecutive regional final last season, the Tigers have a chance to make this season a special one.

“It’s going to be a fun year,” Holy Trinity coach Peter Klonowski said. “We’re doing some really good things. Offensively, we should be very, very fast. Our defense is getting better. We’ve been working on our blocking. Hopefully, that will pay off.”

Returning seniors Emily Vaught, Courtney Noe, Emily Tobkes, Bailey Vickers and Kaytee Castillo lead the talented group along with junior Laura Boos and sophomores Emily Noe and Kayla Burge.

Senior Chloe Greene and junior Aly Tyson, who were both part of the program two years ago before moving away, are back to bolster the lineup along with sophomore transfer Shelby Seage and three players up from last year’s JV team — sophomore Carmen Zipf, junior Jen Panarese and sophomore Layla Matthews.

With so much senior leadership, Klonowski has plenty of help indoctrinating the new players into Holy Trinity Volleyball 101.

“It was a big thing at the beginning of the season, helping the younger girls get used to what we expect on the team,” Vaught said. “It’s a very high-level volleyball practice that we like to run, game-like action, trying to keep their intensity high.

“We all expect a level and we make that very clear in the beginning. We want to be top in the district, top in the region and we want to make it to states. We have really high expectations for this season.”

In addition to working hard on controlling the ball from first contact, the Tigers also have been doing some work off the court with team dinners and activities designed to bring the players closer together.

As always, Klonowski said the team’s top goal will be to win the district title. But clearly, the Tigers are aiming much higher than that

“I know all the seniors, we don’t want this season to end,” Vaught said. “We want to make it to states. We want to be the top volleyball program we can be. I think we definitely can be. It starts with practices, and it starts with our attitude.”

If the season goes the way they hope it will, the Tigers will bring home something new to decorate their gym wall.

“I think it’s a great goal to have,” Klonowski said. “Who wouldn’t want to pin a 2017 on the regional (championship) banner? It would be great to see.”

And how about a state championship banner?

“Even better,” he said.