The Cinnaminson girl’s volleyball team will look to build on a 19-win season when the 2016 campaign begins on September 8 at Moorestown.
The Pirates went 19-12 in 2015 and made a playoff appearance. The 19 wins were the most by the program since posting 18 in 2011.
The program said goodbye to three seniors after the 2015 season and all three of them had a major impact on the court. Head coach Sara Skvir hopes those girls left a desire to win with the program.
“I hope they left the desire to win. Last year, we had some low points. I’m hoping those seniors left an impact on this year’s seniors that you have to work hard beginning in the pre-season and throughout the season.”
Those low points Skvir mentioned were matches that she thought the team should have won.
“We had a lot of big wins. The low points were losses that I thought should have been wins. We could’ve been a little more successful last season. If we work harder we won’t have games this year where we say, ‘We should’ve had that.'”
Since day one of pre-season, Skvir has preached a strong effort at practice.
“I always say to the girls that if you’re not sweating at the end of every practice, you’re doing something wrong. Give it your all in the moment.”
When it comes to this year’s group, Skvir has been pleased with the girls’ desire to get better.
“They want to be there. They get there early. They always want extra touches. I haven’t had that type of attitude from this many girls in a while.”
There are eight seniors on this year’s squad and Skvir is looking for each one to contribute in some way in 2016, especially when it comes to helping the younger players get acclimated to the game.
“I’m looking to the seniors to help the younger girls improve. When they leave, we will have to start from scratch next year. I want them to get involved with the younger girls and help them adjust to the game.”
This season marks the first in the history of the program that the matches will be played at Cinnaminson High School and not Cinnaminson Middle School due to the new gymnasium.
“It’s been nice,” Skvir said of practicing in the new gym. “It’s great having two courts. We can separate and get a lot more things accomplished. We are able to work on a whole lot more. It is nice to be in the high school with two courts.”
The Pirates open the 2016 at Moorestown next week with a match on Thursday and then the Moorestown Tournament on Saturday.
“We scrimmaged Moorestown the other day,” Skvir said. “I told the girls that this is our first test to see where we are.”
“The first set we pulled out a win, but the next two sets we kind of just coasted. It was nice to see them early and then give us a week and a half before we open up against them.”
Skvir has been focusing on the team’s defensive play since pre-season began two weeks ago and it will remain a focal point throughout the season.
“Our defense has been the focus. Getting our blockers up and in the right positions so our back row on defense isn’t getting killed on every hit. Defense is going to be our primary focus this year.”
The Pirates home opener has yet to be determined due to the completion of the gym. Stay with Cinn City News for updates on the schedule for girl’s volleyball.
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