2010-11-24 / Sports

Rams Volleyball Enjoyed One of Best Seasons in Recent Years

Rollo named All-Section; Wade, Cirillo All-League
SKIP PEARLMAN

CARMEL—Rams volleyball coach Amy Carinci didn’t know exactly what to expect from her squad heading into the fall season. She was just hoping it would be a good season.

 

The Carmel volleyball team had a standout fall, finishing at 16-3 and co-league champs. SKIP PEARLMAN The Carmel volleyball team had a standout fall, finishing at 16-3 and co-league champs. SKIP PEARLMAN Carmel met and surpassed just about all expectations, as the Rams recently closed out a standout fall season with a 16-3 record and a piece of the League 1B title, sharing the crown with Yorktown. No. 6 Carmel’s season ended with a quarterfinal loss to third-seeded Scarsdale in the Class AA tournament.

It was the second time in the last four years Carmel has been a league champ.

“We had a lot of fun,” Carinci said. “We made huge improvements during the season, and had a great time doing it. I wasn’t sure going in what to expect, but they exceeded my expectations. The goal is usually sectionals… but to reach the quarterfinals, go 16-3 and share the league title… that was very exciting.”

CW from Top Left: Jaime Wade • Nicole Rollo • Christina Cirillo. CW from Top Left: Jaime Wade • Nicole Rollo • Christina Cirillo. Six Rams took home post-season honors.

Senior team captain and middle hitter Nicole Rollo earned All-Section and All- League honors. Senior captain and setter Jaime Wade earned Super 70 and All- League status, and senior libero Christina Cirillo was named All-League.

Juniors Allie Regan, Sabrina Diaz and Alyssa D’Apice all garnered All-League Honorable Mention accolades.

Carinci said the graduating seniors – Sam Parlato and Katelyn Ulrich also graduate - will be hard to replace.

“We’ll miss them all,” the coach said “The team won’t be the same… the girls coming up will have to work hard to fill their shoes. They’re great kids – on and off the court.”

Photos by SKIP PEARLMAN Photos by SKIP PEARLMAN The Rams lose three starters to graduation, but also return three, leaving Carinci optimistic about 2011.

“We’re excited about next year,” she said. “We return a great middle hitter – Regan – and Diaz will also be back. Defensively we’ll have to work, but we’re hoping for another solid season.”

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