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Friday, November 25, 2005


Girls volleyball team ties for second place in Dual County League

Senior volleyball star Kate Swanson was named a First Team DCL All-Star. (Photo by Carol Bailey)
Kate Swanson


With a solid regular season record of 13-7, the Concord-Carlisle Varsity volleyball team tied for second place in the Dual County League (DCL). The team went 1-1 in the state tournament, losing in the Division 1 Central West Semi-finals to Doherty. C-C made history this year, going deeper into the semi-finals of the state tournament than ever before.

This year's knockout team was led by co-captains Marie Benkley and Heather Risso, both three-year varsity players. Benkley was named a First Team DCL All-star and is considered to be C-C's "best all around player" by Coach Jeff Fuller. Risso served the last several points to win many of the team's games and was named a Second Team DCL All-star. Key second year varsity senior players include Kate Swanson and Jenny Zywiak. Swanson was named a First Team DCL All-star and was voted one of the top three players in the DCL, proving to be the most effective offensive player on the C-C team. Due to Zywiak's versatility, Coach Fuller felt comfortable putting her in many different positions on the court. This year she primarily played outside hitter but also spent time in the middle and as setter. Nicki Wortel ended up being the team's libero steadily growing into her role of defensive specialist as the season progressed. The climax of her season was the first tournament game against Franklin, when she served eleven straight points. Sophomore Diane Lee played a fair amount of defense this year in her first varsity season and is recognized by Coach Fuller for having an excellent serve. One of seven returning varsity players, she will be seeing a lot of playing time next year.

While seven returning players will provide a strong core for next year's team, the six departing seniors will be sorely missed. This year's group of seniors was strong on and off the court. The girls brought great skill and enthusiasm to practices and games, while also promoting the relatively new volleyball program at CCHS.

While I was interviewing Mr. Fuller, four of the varsity players entered the room to reminisce about their successful season. For the girls, the end of the season seemed to come too soon, but according to Mr. Fuller, "the spirit doesn't die even if the season is over." As the spirit carries into next year, the team hopes to continue to grow the program and make it to the state tournament again.

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