When the EGHS Class of 2011 graduated, it took almost the entire Boys Volleyball team with it. Then-sophomore Patrick Wong was the only member left.
Not surprisingly, the 2012 season reflected that dearth of experience.
"Our record last year was 3-13. I had a relatively new team with one Varsity veteran. My starting varsity setter last year was a freshman," said coach Theresa Garno.
What a difference a year makes. After back-to-back wins this week – against Warwick Vets 3-0 and West Warwick 3-2 – the team is now 6-3.
"This season, I returned all athletes except one," said Garno. "This season, every varsity player but one is a veteran. Patrick Wong is a four-year varsity starter who plays left side and is crucial to both our defense and our offense. Captain Jesse Brown runs our offense as a 6'3" setter. We are showing lots of promise as a dynamic team who runs a quick offense out of our middle, this is led by captain John Condon and Sam McLimans, who is a first-year player. Our defense is led by captain Paul Andreson as the libero. Our court is rounded out by veterans Brad Cavallaro, Chase Buckley, and captain Chris Sgrignari."
"Our team is doing much better than last year because the majority of our team has at least one year experience on varsity this year and a few people have been playing club volleyball outside of school," said Jesse Brown. "We are playing a faster pace game this year and we all are fairly comfortable playing the game."
Coach Garno said the team is aiming for the playoffs.
"This year's team is strong and motivated. They are excited to work hard and improve. They are off to a good start with a 6-3 record and a recent victory of 6-2 West Warwick. One of our team goals is to make the playoffs. I think we have a good chance at doing that."
The team's next match is Wednesday, May 1, at home against North Kingstown, a non-league match, at 6:30 p.m.