With a combination of depth, experience, and a strong work ethic, the 2009 edition of the Everett High (EHS) volleyball team will be looking to qualify for the state tournament this season.
“The team’s goal to make the tourney,” said veteran EHS head coach Michael Fineran, “and as long as we maintain our focus and play the way that we need to play, that is a realistic goal.”
Fineran greeted seven seniors who will compose more than half of his 13 player squad. Four-year performer Kristi Joti, an outside hitter, is the Lady Crimson Tide captain. She will be assisted by fellow seniors and co-captains Melvina Nadeau, Ingrid Serafim, and Eni Bashlarri.
“We’re looking to these four girls to provide us with a lot of leadership,” said Fineran. “They’ve already demonstrated their leadership qualities in our practices, and they’ve shown a commitment to winning, which is nice to see.”
The other three seniors are Linda Salazar, Laura Michel, and Isadora Sartor. Juniors are Bersa Shkreta, Wellen Maforte, Jutta Boliver, and Tamires Machado. The lone sophomore is Amanda Souza, who saw a lot of playing time last season.
“We have the largest team in the history of the program,” noted Fineran. “In addition to the varsity, we have two JV teams. We have a lot of people, which means that if there is an injury or illness, we’ll have plenty of others who can step in.”
Fineran and his squad will play a full 20 game schedule, starting today (Wednesday) at 5 p.m. at Malden. The Lady Crimson Tide will have their home opener Friday at 5 p.m. against Somerville.
Fineran and crew will meet their four GBL rivals three times on the season and then play eight nonleague encounters against the likes of Methuen, Pope John, Bishop Fenwick, and Whittier Regional, among others.