LACONIA – "The Laconia High School Varsity Volleyball team may be small in number but they are big in heart", claims the newly appointed volleyball coach, Mary Ann Meyers, who has encouraged her young team to put everything out on the court.
This year's Laconia High School varsity volleyball team is made up of many new faces, including a new coach. Mary Ann Meyers took over Molly Greely's position as varsity coach for this season, and is eager to see what the team has to offer.
Meyers, a Laconia High School graduate of the Class of 2000, played volleyball throughout both her high school and college career. Striving for the overall win, Meyers helped the 1999 Laconia High School varsity volleyball team finally claim a championship title. Leaving high school with a championship under her belt, Meyers entered a new volleyball program at Colby Sawyer College. After four more years of work, Meyers experienced another senior year championship in 2004.
Within a year of graduating from college, Meyers was back on the court, this time as a coach of the Laconia High School junior varsity team. Assessing the potential each player brings to the team, Meyers taps her championship experience to pass on tricks, skills, and last minute moves that could be beneficial on the court.
After a short break in coaching, Meyers is once again back on the Laconia High School court, this time coaching the varsity team. Slightly disappointed by the initial turn out at tryouts, Meyers has hopes that the 18 dedicated girls will accomplish great things this season. During the recent jamboree at Gilford High School, her team played fairly well. The team faces the challenge of having many young players, many of whom are acclimating to playing new positions.
Seniors Jeanine Parsons and Rebecca Dragon have shown not only great skill and talent on the court, but also great leadership for the young team, said Meyers. In addition to the two senior captains, junior captain Mikayla Bordeau has been a strong player, who recently was switched from libero to an outside hitter. One of the youngest players on the team, Freshman Rylee Littlefield has already shown skill and promise, as she fills the important role as setter.
For Meyers, coaching allows her to remain part of the team, even though she can't be out on the court. "It is an amazing feeling when you teach something to your players in practice and see them get it down in a game," says Meyers. "As a coach I try to instill my love of volleyball to the girls and express the importance of passion, hard work, and collaboration together as it takes a team to get there."
Although the team is experiencing a rebuilding year, Meyers has faith that the dedication and hard work the players have shown will help them go far. Meyers is excited to get the season started.
Bordeau is also excited for the first game on Wednesday, September 11 at Oyster River High School. "I am looking forward to a great season with a wonderful group of girls," Bordeau states.
"We are a team willing to work hard and we won't settle for anything less than our best. Having Coach Meyers as our head coach this year is different than what we are used to, but she is a great coach who will keep us on our toes and make us the best team we can be."