WATERBURY - The sudden shift in fortunes for the Watertown High School volleyball team continued on October 8 when the Indians won their fifth straight game, shutting out Crosby, 3-0 on the Bulldogs’ home court. The Indians improved to 6-4 after a 1-4 start. Against Waterbury Career Academy on October 6, the Indians posted their fourth straight win, 3-2.
Bella Myshrall led the way for Watertown with 14 kills and four aces; Ava Williams contributed 13 assists and three digs as the Indians dropped WCA to 6-3.
“The team has been bringing a high level of excitement not only to the floor but the bleachers and the bench as well,” said head coach Mike Theriault of the team’s recent winning ways.
“The hitting from Brielle Trudeau and Jillian Maisto are continuing to keep other teams honest; Ella Makowski continues to score points for us from the inside and Katie Noga, Charlotte Manalo and Alana Johnson have been keeping the ball off of the floor as well,” Theriault explained.
Jamie Dodge and Allison Stoto have been coming in with some quality defense and attack as well.
On October 5, the Indians leveled their record at 4-4 with a 3-0 win over Wilby High School at the Cook Gym.
Said Theriault: “We have some critical games ahead of us, with two against Torrington, Wolcott and St. Paul.
“All of these opponents have been showing some results that make us both worried and confident at the same time,” explained Theriault, and there’s a reason for that that goes beyond competitiveness.
“Torrington and Watertown have a deep relationship with each other; several of Torrington players have played for me in the past and meanwhile have established friendships with Watertown players.
“We have struggled against them in the past, but know that we have to bring our ‘A’ game against them. Since becoming head coach our best season was six wins,” said Theriault.
“We have matched that result with seven remaining games,” he added.
NOTES: The WHS junior varsity has continues their winning ways with Sophia Angiolini, Adrianna Guerrera, Casey O’Toole as a core group...”Meanwhile we are able to place the remainder of the team around them to successfully implement a game plan that works for winning and all players get time,” said Theriault...“Freshmen Melissa Hidri, Jamie and Julia Hoxa continue to show consistency with their play, making winning a common word at post-game discussions.”