Volleyball - Varsity Girls
Season Recap | 2018:
This season, the Varsity Volleyball team had its strongest season in the sport’s short history at Thayer. The team tied its best prior record of four wins. They also earned the first sets ever off of several established teams. What stood out more was the heart with which the team played. No matter the strength of the opponent and how well they were playing, the team supported each other and fought until the end. The very late five-setter against Groton was a great example, where despite lots of errors late at night in a hot gym they won through sheer determination and camaraderie. Another was the Friday of homecoming match against Milton. With a fantastic cheering section they came back from two sets down to win the third set at 30-28 and push the fourth set again beyond 25 points; while they didn’t win, they displayed tenacity and grew our bond with the fans. Finally, at the end of the season, as a testament to the leadership of Kendall and Izzy and to the character of the team, the team was awarded the ISL Volleyball Sportsmanship Award.
Award Winners | 2018:
Team MVP: Kendall Roland '20
Coaches' Award: Izzy Gomes '19
ISL Honorable Mention: Kendall Roland '20
All-NEPSAC Honorable Mention: Kendall Roland '20
ISL Volleyball Sportsmanship Award
Game Highlights | 2018:
Season Preview | 2018:
The Varsity Volleyball team will be looking to continue where last season left off, continuing the growth of our young program after its rejuvenation last year. We graduated a few seniors off last year’s team, but we have many experienced returning players hoping to make this our best season yet. Leading the team are captains Izzy Gomes '19 (Setter), and Kendall Roland '20 (MB). Other returning players are Morley Pace ’19 (MB), Kate Rulon ’19 (OPP), Lauren Salloum ’19 (L/DS), Sabrina Zeghibe ’19 (OH), Sophie Butner ‘21 (Setter), and Cassie Davidson ’21 (MB). Joining them are Jamie Chevalier ’19 (OH/MB), Kaleigh Walker ‘19 (OH), Grace Casey ’20 (L/DS), and Maddie Farrell ’20 (OPP).
Our season opens with an away match against the Governor’s Academy on Saturday, September 22. The team has been working hard to hone skills and coordinate with each other in preparation for it. Our first home match in our new court in Memorial Gym is October 5, against Noble and Greenough School. The ISL accounted for a large number of tournament teams in last year’s class A and B championships, so we expect to face a lot of tough competition and are thrilled to have a great new venue in which to play those matches.
Already the team has a vibrant, positive energy to them. They have very quickly begun working together in supportive and fun ways. Coaches Allen and Schneider are excited with the direction the team is moving in and look forward to the upcoming season.
|1||Grace Casey||Defensive Specialist||2020||Scituate, MA|
|2||Lauren Salloum||Libero||2019||Foxboro, MA|
|3||Kendall Roland (captain)||Middle||2020||Duxbury, MA|
|4||Isabella Gomes (captain)||Setter||2019||Norwell, MA|
|6||Sophie Butner||Setter||2021||Hingham, MA|
|7||Kate Rulon||Opposite||2019||Milton, MA|
|9||Jamie Chevalier||Outside/Middle||2019||Braintree, MA|
|10||Sabrina Zeghibe||Outside||2019||Westwood, MA|
|12||Cassandra Davidson||Middle||2021||North Easton, MA|
|13||Madeleine Farrell||Opposite||2020||Quincy, MA|
|14||Kaleigh Walker||Outside||2019||North Scituate, MA|
|20||Morley Pace||Middle||2019||Cohasset, MA|
Christopher AllenHead CoachChristopher Allen comes to Thayer after working in private boarding schools for nineteen years. In the past he has taught many levels of physics as well as electronics, astronomy, physical science, algebra, geometry, and dance. Last year he joined the science department as a teacher of Integrated Science I, all levels of robotics, and Astronomy. This year he is excited to continue with the newly revamped Integrated Science I and all levels of Robotics, while creating and teaching the new Physics class as well.Christopher Allen also arrived at Thayer with an extensive athletic background. In addition to his own experience primarily as a cross-country skier, he had coached for all nineteen years in boarding schools, including eighteen seasons of volleyball and over a dozen seasons between tennis, fencing, and alpine skiing. Last year he joined Thayer's varsity volleyball team as the assistant coach, and this year he is excited to continue with the varsity volleyball team, this time as the head coach.
Carol-Ann SchneiderAssistant CoachA New Hampshire native, Callie comes to Thayer after five years of experience at independent schools in New England and Florida. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Latin and Classical civilizations from Wheaton College (MA), where she was also a member of the women's basketball team. In addition to teaching Latin at Thayer, Callie coaches the girls' varsity volleyball and girls' middle school basketball teams and assists in coaching the track and field teams. Callie also serves as a freshman advisor. When not teaching, Callie is passionate about learning and traveling; she has studied and traveled extensively in the United States, Greece, Italy, France, Spain, and Peru. She particularly enjoys learning languages and experiencing different cultures.