Having just coached the boys’ junior varsity basketball team through a fun year over the winter, Ernie Holcomb is quite excited to get the girls’ varsity volleyball season underway. He was ready to rock and roll with the Clippers back in August, when the preseason was supposed to begin during a normal year, but this year’s athletic calendar has been anything but normal.

Volleyball will begin play on Thursday, March 11, about six months later than it was originally slated to. The girls will compete in the Fall 2 season, which includes football and indoor track and field—which will compete outdoors.

Holcomb said that having experienced the difficulties of winter athletics—where the Clippers suffered through a two-week shutdown due to COVID-19 protocols—that every practice and game is something to be enjoyed and celebrated. With just two seniors departing from last year’s team, albeit two very talented players in Dasia Pena and Riley Gregory, this year’s team looks promising and ready to compete in the very competitive Cape and Islands League.

“That’s the interesting part. It seems like so long ago, but we only lost the two seniors, and they were great players, but we have everyone else coming back,” Holcomb said. “I think we have a nice mix of kids.”

Three seniors have been selected to serve as captains of the team, which will begin its season with the difficult task of playing against defending league champion Barnstable. The captains are Shea MacLoud, Paige Farrington and Delia Martino.

MacLoud is one of the team’s top setters. A quality player all over the court, she brings experience and ability to the court. Camille Leite, a junior, will see time as a setter, too. Her hustle and willingness to hunt down whatever she can reach, as well as her passing abilities, make her a big asset.

FHS has several other returning players who will make an impact. Junior Meghan Robbins can set and play the middle. She’s a force up front and should be one of the team’s top kill producers. Farrington will play the middle as well and is a quality player.

Lily Craft, fresh off an all-star basketball season for the Atlantic Coast Conference champion team, is not just good with a basketball. Craft is a weapon all over the court for the volleyball squad and will be a featured outside hitter.

Anna Fernandez, a senior, will play an all-around game for FHS. Senior Caroline Koss, who also had a strong season for the basketball team, is an outside hitter. Junior Sidney Sevigny will also be in the front row and hit.

Senior Anna Falcone will be the top libero for FHS. A strong defender, the Clippers have excelled ever since she took the role for herself last year.

She will be joined in the back row by a host of players. Katherine Maguire will be in the back row with Brooklyn Leighton and Emily Reynger. Grace Berestecky and Macy Griesbauer will also come off the bench to offer support for Falmouth.

The Clippers began their season last nighton Thursday, March 11, with a matchup against league favorite and perennial state powerhouse Barnstable. Next up is a trip to Sandwich High School on Tuesday.

Alongside coach Holcomb is Marjorie Sobol. Amy Bruce is coaching the junior varsity for FHS.

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