By: Hannah Pearce (17)
Wethersfield High School has started a new volleyball program from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays in the WHS gym. Any sixth, seventh, or eighth graders who wish to learn how to play the sport are welcome to attend.
Throughout the practice, a variety of drills are taught by WHS varsity players, graduated teammate Laura Kelly, and freshman coach Katie Byrnes. There are a variety of drills that are done to teach footwork, passing, setting, and serving skills. Scrimmages are also done throughout the practice along with conditioning stations.
Both Coach Byrnes and Torres agreed that the goal of the program is to introduce more students to the sport, giving them quality experience so that they can grow as a team once they reach the high school level. The hope is to draw more students in and teach them what the current team has been taught, so that the team will improve as a whole in future years.
Torres said, “Our freshmen started at the same level as these middle schoolers, so they can only get better.” They also hope to spread awareness of the sport and the lack of opportunities to play volleyball during the student’s younger years.
Any middle school students interested in playing or managing high school volleyball are encourage to attend these sessions and expand their knowledge about the rules, skills, and techniques of the sport.
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