DV Boy's Volleyball: Rebuilding to a bright future
By Josh Lashley
MILFORD — Heather Farley, head coach for the Delaware Valley High School boy’s volleyball program, new before it even started that this was very much going to be a rebuilding season. What she was looking for was a strong, consistent effort by the student-athlete’s who are on the Warriors’ team. Though they were only able to win one match this spring, Farley is proud of the way that her players competed with a sense of dedication to the sport.
In fact, she recalls a match where the Warriors proved that they hang in there against a powerful opponent.
“The match that stands out the most to me was our match versus North Pocono,” Farley said. “North Pocono was one of the top teams in the league this year and we played them extremely tough. We were missing several starters, but the kids who stepped in for those kids played really hard and although we didn’t win, North Pocono gained a lot of respect for us that night.”
A veteran of the program was like having an extra coach on the court during matches.
“Joe Protsko was a leader for us all year,” Farley said. “Joe was on the team last year that had a lot of success. From that team we lost nine players and Joe was the only returner this year. Joe knew it would be a rebuilding year and we wouldn't be as successful this year, but was able to keep a positive attitude and help the younger players along. He showed a lot of patience and heart and showed the underclassmen what the game was all about.”
Farley mentioned another student-athlete who continued to work hard to improve throughout the season.
“Andrew Sorton has made leaps and bounds over the past few months,” Farley said. “Andrew has showed a big commitment to continually improving and doing whatever it takes to get better. He focused on the details and did things the right way even if they weren’t working out for him at the time. By the end of the season Andrew started to see this hard work pay off and became one of our leaders and go to leaders.”
Delaware Valley should be a team with much more experience on the court in 2015.
“We only lose two seniors this year and will return five starters,” Farley said. “Many of these starters who played last year had very limited experience. For many of them, it was their first year ever playing volleyball. We are looking forward to building on a solid foundation we built during this year. We have been focusing on doing things the right way so in the future we can experience consistent success.”
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