Month – September 2015
RHAM (3) vs East Catholic (0)
Shaela Salinger 15 digs, 12/12 serving, 10 service points
Lauren Delissio 9 digs
Riley Clark 7 digs
Mckenzie Maneggia 6 digs, 3 kills, 29 assists
Maddie Stone 5 digs
Claire Russo 13/13 serving, 4 aces
Sydney Masna 6 kills
Anna Barry 8 kills
Alana Hruska 10 kills
Katie Shea 5 kills
Taylor Garger 3 kills
RHAM JV (2) vs. East Catholic (1)
By Nick Greene contact the reporter
September 9, 2015 6:08 p.m.
Coach Tim Guernsey and RHAM-Hebron were one set away from their second straight Class L title last fall when things fell apart. The Sachems, undefeated and the CCC Tournament champions, could only watch as everything unraveled and conference foe Farmington won the title.
“I honestly believe today’s youth, as soon as they got home, it was probably out of their minds. I don’t think it was something they carried,” Guernsey said. “For me, personally, that loss stuck a little bit longer just knowing we were up 2-0 and they came back. As a coach what I was saying wasn’t registering. I’ve had to put that behind me. If I’m ever in that situation again, it is up to me to figure out what I can do or say differently to change their mindset.”
RHAM’s run to its second straight state final in 2014 wasn’t one many saw coming. The Sachems had lost the Gatorade Connecticut volleyball player of the year in Sarah Villeaux.
This year the Sachems are hoping for an improbable run back to the state championship.
“I like that we’re young, a little inexperienced, and I’m not quite sure how they’re going to respond in certain situations,” Guernsey said. “But they are hungry and they want to put their own stamp on this program.”
Six starters from last year’s team graduated, leaving the bulk of varsity experience with senior setter Mckenzie Maneggia. Maneggia had 848 assists and a 97.4 serving percentage as a junior.
“[Maneggia] has been setting for the last three years — she is one of our best leaders and someone the kids are going to rely on,”Guernsey said. “This would be the year to have that kid who can be the guiding light.”
And just how far does Guernsey believe Maneggia can guide this team?
“I think we have an opportunity do very well and get back to where we were last year,” he said. “I don’t think anyone thought last year we’d go undefeated and have a chance for a state title. The kids are extremely hungry, they work hard every day. There are no days off when your goals are to get back there.”
J.V. game @ 4:00 p.m. & Varsity game @ 5:00 p.m.