By Abby Schultz (Volleyball Correspondent)
Sharon varsity volleyball is off to an unbelievable start after being undefeated following their their first four games of the season against Taunton, Oliver Ames, Attleboro, and Foxboro.
The win over arch rival, Oliver Ames was especially sweet. In three of Sharon’s four wins, the matches stretched to a nail-biting fifth game that decided the set. This year’s varsity team, led by captains Jess Allan, Ariana Chabot, and Cori Jermyn, is stronger than ever before
After winning the second game against Oliver Ames, varsity Coach, Lovett says that it has been awesome. “It took a ton of heart,” said Lovett. Lovett also adds that while super proud with the way the team has played so far, it is a working process throughout the season. “There is always room for improvement,” said Lovett.
Senior captain Jess Allan has played a crucial role on the varsity team since her freshman year and continues to stand out not only in Sharon, but in the Hockomock league. Last season, Allan recorded a team-high 133 kills while also ranking in 29 aces, 57 digs and 11 blocks.
Allan emphasizes how incredible it felt after leading varsity into winning the first four games, “Winning all four games actually feels amazing not only as an individual but the whole team feels really confident and plays well together,” said Allan. “This team trusts each other more than any team I’ve been on all my four years.”
Sophomore middle hitter Jada Johnson, new to the varsity team has had an amazing four games with more than five blocks and six kills. After winning the second game, Johnson says that it has been thrilling and intense. Johnson adds that a win on varsity is so much more exciting than a win on the freshman team. “Everyone is looking up to you to play the best you can,” said Johnson.
Other seniors on the team include, right side hitter, Naomi Topale, back row, Rachel Brandes, and hitter, Emma Dunlea. Rounding out the team are juniors, Jody Goldenberg, Macy Hyman, Sophia Fein, Abby Fine, and Jade Veth. From top to bottom, as Coach Lovett points out, “there really are no weak links on the team.”
Last year, Sharon’s varsity team ended the season with a total of four wins. With already winning four games, Lovett admits that she is very confident and she sees big things in the future for this year’s varsity team. “It would be great to win at least half of the games this season,” said Lovett.
Time will tell whether this year’s varsity team is able to accomplish this goal in the competitive Hockomock League.