Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Windham girls volleyball team wins one match to advance and then gets shut down by Falmouth - By Anne Libby

The Windham girls volleyball team had playoffs this past week. There was one match on Thursday night at Windham, against the Gorham Rams. The second match was against Falmouth, at Falmouth last Saturday.
On Thursday night against Gorham, Windham walked away with the match, winning three out of the five sets. The first set was proof just how powerful Windham was, but Rams picked up what Windham put down, and came out victorious. In the second set Windham sharpened their aim and their eyes, letting the stray balls fall out of the court. Melanie Aldrich is the setter on the team, and she did a very good job setting up the girls to score. Aldrich also did a good job reading the holes in the other team, and touching the balls back to score. Cassie Fleck was another hard hitter, scoring two aces within the second set. The second set was taken by Windham, 25 to 16. The third set was a close Windham victory, with quite a few well aimed hits and some well-timed blocks. Nataley Jeffery was the wall the other team avoided at all costs, she was the one jumping at the net for the blocks, and she along with Jamie Jannarone had the game winning block. Fleck again was a driving force, as she scored three points in a row with her powerful hits. This set concluded 25 to 23, Windham. The final two matches to decide the game were 19-25 and 15-5. Windham won and advanced to the next round.

On Saturday at Falmouth the Windham team started shaky and Falmouth won the set 25 to 12. The second set was a dog fight till the end. The teams were never more than three points apart. Jamie Jannarone had quite a few good plays, between serves and hits. Miranda Potvin also played excellent as she jumped for every hit she could and had good serves. When the dust settled Falmouth won 27 to 25. In the third set, Paige Pandora and Cassie Fleck became a wall that most experienced hitters would think twice about going over. Both of them were blocking well, but together the girls became almost unstoppable. The third match was taken by a hit from the other team, and Falmouth went home with the victory, 25 to 19. 

“We played really hard and fought for a lot of points and did really well as a team", number 36 Miranda Potvin said. “I’m sad that the season is over and happy we came together as a team.”

“The season went really well,” said coach Chris Cloutier. “We beat Gorham in the first playoff.” Players of note for the two games were “Melanie as the setter. Jamie all the way around, including her serve keeps us in a lot of matches. Her coming back next year is a key for us,” said Cloutier. 

The team will lose six graduating seniors, but the coach is excited about his strong JV team and is looking for six or seven players coming from the middle school league. 

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