Panthers are building from last season’s volleyball success.
PLYMOUTH – Carolyn Finn is getting the good kind of headaches from her Plymouth South volleyball team.
“My biggest problem isn’t finding good volleyball players because I have a ton of them with really strong skills. The question I’m having is finding time and the right situations for all of them,” Finn said. “This team is really talented and they play very well together. It does make it tough for me to pick a lineup sometimes.”
Finn’s choices have paid off in four straight victories to start the season over Scituate, North Quincy, NDA-Hingham and, most recently, Tuesday night’s 3-1 win on the road at Hanover. With a shortened 11-game regular season schedule on the agenda this season that’s quite a statement right out of the gate.
The momentum for this season actually started last year when Class of 2020 graduate Mila Manic led the Panthers to their first tourney trip since 2015. South defeated Milton in the opening round before being eliminated by eventual Div. 2 South champion Dennis-Yarmouth.
“That team raised the bar on the expectations that this team has about how good they are,” Finn said. “There are 10 seniors on this team and there’s some confidence with this group in a good way. They know they are a good team and they are disappointed if they don’t play up to their own expectations.”
Leading the way this season is senior tri-captain Molly Rezendez, a returning starter who Finn said could be the best setter she’s coached in her 22-year career.
“Molly can do it all. She can put the ball anywhere she wants to at any time,” Finn said. “She’s an excellent volleyball player that doesn’t have to come off the court. She can play all around and be a blocker or a hitter as well as be an incredible setter. She’s the total package.”
Seniors Micaela Deluca and Micheala Pomroy are the other two captains in this leadership triumvirate. Deluca is a setter who plays well defensively and Pomroy is a strong outside hitter who has missed some time this season with an injury.
“(Pomroy) is one of my most consistent hitters,” Finn said. “We’ve missed not having her in the lineup.”
Plymouth South’s blessed with a great mix in the program. Contributions are coming from all four classes. Finn’s carrying 18 players on varsity, including the 10 seniors, and has 52 players total in the program between the varsity, JV and freshman teams.
Senior Elizabeth Cowden returns as an outside hitter. Junior Ashley Gavin is playing solid minutes as a middle hitter and sophomore Lydia Pierce is building off the minutes she played last season and starting as an outside hitter.
Not to be left out, freshman Lenox Garron Ciberay is already making an impact on the program.
“I saw Lenox play in middle school and she just looks like a volleyball player,” Finn said about the middle hitter. “She’s tall and a very good athlete and her reactions on the court seem natural to her. I think she is going to be a good one.”
The Panthers finish their first trip around the Fisher Division with a road game at Quincy on Tuesday before returning home Thursday, Oct. 22 against Pembroke High.
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