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Milford High Girls Volleyball Surges Under New Coach

By Chris Villani
Sports Reporter/Columnist
The Milford High girls' volleyball team has rebounded from a difficult start to the season, rattling off wins in four of its past five matches coming into the week.
"I think they have been playing a little more relaxed and the combination of girls that are on the court are working better together," head coach Tammy Webber said. "Pretty much all the seniors are out there now and they are showing they have that experience that has been coming in handy. They are upbeat and they are just playing well."
Webber, a former varsity head coach who had been working with the freshman team, took the reins of the program midseason. Former head coach Dan Seaver resigned for personal reasons, according to Milford Athletic Director Peter Boucher.
Milford is 4-1 since the switch, including 3-0 wins over Foxboro and Canton last week. The Hawks had fallen to Canton earlier in the season. MHS began the week with a 5-10 record overall.
Webber said middle hitters Gillian Valanzola and Juliana Tracy have been aggressive and strong at the net with both hitting and blocking. Outside hitters Kelley Reichert and Sabrina Haarstick have also added power to the Milford attack.
"Sabrina has brought an extremely tough serve that opponents are having a difficult time with," Webber said. "She is averaging about six or seven aces per match."
On the right side, Kate Lobisser and Elena Nosiglia have solidified the Hawks' blocking. Senior Emily Piergustavo is excelling as a setter, Webber said, despite it being her first year with the program.
"Her athletic ability is just key," Webber said. "She is in a good position to put up a good ball for our hitters and she is playing phenomenal defense. She has been doing really well."
Senior Kyra Alves is "scrappy," Webber said, and is making it easy for the setters to run the offense.
Entering the week, Webber said the biggest goal for the team was to get back to the .500 mark, which was still possible if the Hawks were to win out. 
"They have nothing to lose right now, so I want them to play the best they can," Webber said, "and leave it all on the court."




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