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More Growth, Success for Nipmuc Volleyball
As the Nipmuc Regional High School volleyball program enters its fourth year of being entirely self-funded, it will get set to graduate the first group to come through the fledgling program through its entire high school career. The Warriors have nine seniors on the court this fall. The experience has already produced a pair of the league of victories over Douglas and Blackstone-Millville, matching the teams win total from all of 2013.
"We have had a nice start to the season," head coach Christine Corey said. "Last year was our first year at the varsity level and the girls were very competitive in every match even though our record did not reflect the effort."
Coming off a 2-14 inaugural varsity campaign, Nipmuc started the season with a 3-0 loss to Blackstone Valley Tech before bouncing back to beat BMR 3-1 and Douglas 3-0.
Team captain Lauren Brady will look to drive the attack from her outside hitter position. "Lauren will be leading our team this year with her powerful hitting from the outside," Corey said. "She has been working all summer to improve on her skills, and it really shows. I know her great leadership will help carry us far."
Sophomore Kylie Gallagher, 6'2", is expected to anchor the middle and impact matches with her attack in the block. Fellow sophomore Grace Caughey will run the 5-1 offense as the center. "She has stepped into the role beautifully and has been very effective at a new position," Corey said of Caughey. "She has an amazing ability to get to every ball."
Seniors Lindsay Doyle and Emily Santos, dubbed the "Green Monsters," will anchor the defense this season. "These graduating seniors have been great mentors to our program and I'm grateful that I have had the time to get to know these girls both on and off the court," Corey said. "They are involved in so many positive things from student counsel to honor roll to honor society to art and music programs, just to name a few."
As the varsity program begins to see more success on the court, the girls volleyball program as a whole has continued as one of the fastest-growing athletic programs in the area. Nipmuc will field two junior varsity teams this season and the Miscoe Middle School will begin fielding a team next year. "Four teams in five years, that is terrific growth," Corey said. "We are still working toward putting a boys team on the court. My hope is this will finally happen this coming spring."
The volleyball program continues to rely entirely on outside funding. Players sell cookie dough during the fall and the team holds a golf tournament each spring. The fundraising has allowed for two new additions to the program, JV coaches Brian Gerard and Emma Hensler. "We are very excited to have them on board and as part of the Nipmuc volleyball family," Corey said.




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