WOBURN - Girls volleyball team coach Scott Roy and the three captains from this year’s Woburn Memorial High School squad recently appeared before the School Committee to outline their inaugural season.
“The season in one word was fun,” said Roy, noting the team continued to make progress throughout the season, winning its first game on Senior Night at the high school.
Volleyball, he noted, is more fun the better the team gets.
He also noted that the team got a late start on the season as the program was in jeopardy until an anonymous donor came through to help fund the program.
The season though was well worth it, he said, noting the amount of hard work the players put in over the course of the season.
Roy also noted a good turnout for tryouts with even more expected next year thanks to the positive experience of those who participated this season.
Though the team started out at the Goodyear, the team was able to eventually move back to the high school which Roy said was a big plus as fan participation greatly increased.
“We managed to be very competitive,” Roy said, noting the Middlesex League has some very good volleyball teams including Melrose which won a state championship.
Noting volleyball is as much a team support as other, the girls participating grew as a team over the course of the season.
“We really look forward to next year,” Roy said, noting efforts are being made to work with the city’s Recreation Department to begin offering programs for girls in the lower grades, most notably middle school so that high school is not the first real volleyball experience for the students.
School Committee member Chris Kisiel asked about the turnout for tryouts.
Roy said 47 turned out and 27 made it onto the two teams.
The problem, he said, is that only six players are on the floor at one time.
It would be great, he said, to be able to add a freshmen team.
Out of the 27, he said, it was the first time 16 of the players had participated in a high school sport.
With only four seniors on the team, next year the tryouts will be even more competitive, he said. “It is a good problem to have,” he added.
Responding to another question from Kisiel, Roy said the move back to the high school was even more important as it allowed the team to practice on a regulation court with regulation nets.
School Committee member Dr. John Wells asked what makes a team like Melrose so good.
Roy responded that many of the girls have more than 200 hours of volleyball experience before they even get to the high school level.
For most of the Woburn players this year, the tryout was the first real volleyball experience, he said.
“It was brave thing these girls did,” Roy said, noting they had the guts to show up and play against more experienced squads like Melrose.