By Mike Stoller
The Somerville High girls’ volleyball team is hoping to transfer its veteran leadership into more wins this season and possibly a state tourney berth.
“Last year, we fell short of our goal of making the MIAA tournament, but we are hoping to build on what we learned,” Somerville head coach Steve Walker said.
Certainly, the Highlanders have the talent to be competitive in the Greater Boston League, with senior tri-captains Charlotte Schofield (outside hitter), Hebron Abadi (outside hitter), and Leslie Duarte (middle blocker) leading an impressive group of skilled players.
“These three girls have been a part of our volleyball program for several years, and know what type of leadership, dedication, and personal drive it takes to lead our team to a successful year,” Walker said.
The coach also noted the Highlanders have good balance among the grades throughout their lineup.
“We have a very balanced team with players in 10th, 11th, and 12th grade all contributing to our team every day,” Walker said.
He added, “Our team expectations this year are to be very competitive in the GBL, win the GBL Cup [in the annual tournament], and qualify for the MIAA tournament. We know this is going to require a full team effort from every player on our roster.”
As for the competition in the GBL, Cambridge appears to pose the biggest challenge.
“They’ve won the GBL Cup the past few seasons,” Walker said. “We are going to have to work incredibly hard to try and take control of the league. They are always well coached.”
Walker summed up, “We believe this season has the potential to be a fun, team building experience that could result in accomplishing our team goals. As long as our team remains focused, we can accomplish great things.”