By Darren Battle
The volleyball team is this years Mcmahon fall team with the most wins, they are 11-1. The ladies have secured a spot in states and are currently ranked third in the FCIAC standings and hold the 3rd seed in the FCIAC playoff race. The senators are also currently ranked 15 in the state.
With the great season the ladies are having, one would question what makes a winner and what do they do to keep it up?
Team chemistry has to be amazing in order to be good, everyone has to contribute. Talking bad about each other is unheard of from this team. In order to have a well rounded team, trust has to be on and off the court. Trust has to be on the court especially as Elizabeth Murphy a junior for the varsity team explained “Volleyball is such a hard sport because it takes trust and communication. You need to trust your team when they call it out, so you don't touch the ball or when someone says got it you have to trust them and then let them get it.” Volleyball is such a fast paced game trust needs to be instilled, if teammates do not trust each other many collisions and mistakes happen. Jennifer Bouzy a senior on the team explained that trust is needed through positions on the court because “we have to trust the libero (the best passer on the team) to give a perfect pass to the setter (sets the ball to hitters) while the setter has to trust the libero in giving the perfect pass and the hitter must trust the setter to give a perfect set.”
In order to continue to win games, if a lost happens it needs to be taken serious. Dedication is what these girls seriously have. A regular season lost put tears in their eyes but it pushed them to have for the better. The girls lost 3-1 to Ridgefield but after that the tough loss they went on to win six straight games. With the first loss that was endured Elizabeth proclaimed “That win sucked. We were all in tears in the locker room because we knew we didn't deserve that loss but we let it happen so we couldn't nope. We decided that would be our turning point and come back with more energy and more drive to win.” That's exactly what happened when five of those six straight wins after the lost were 3-0 sweeps.