By: Matt Rothman
After winning ten or more games a season for much of the past decade, it has been a bit of a battle for the Coral Springs Colts girls volleyball team. The Colts have won just five of their first 18 games, but still, hope to finish the season strong in what has been a rebuilding year after losing many seniors last spring.
The Colts have just one person who played on the varsity team from last year, as they all played JV last year.
“We are a really young team,” said Head Coach Frank Bumbales, “We are getting better all the time. We run a college system, and I try to teach them to play the right way. It’s only a matter of time before they get much better.”
The team is most recently coming off a win against Coconut Creek, where sophomore Ashley Lower led them with six kills. Rayanna Rickard set up most of them as she had ten on that day and now has 92 on the season. Cassandra Rivera is second in kills at 32 behind Lower at 58; however, she does lead the team in hitting percentage as she has converted over 35 percent of her kills and also has 16 blocks on the year. Jaded Brown comes in with ten blocks.
The Colts have been good on serves with seven players on the team and ten or more aces; they sit 12 shy of 200. T’Ahna Hoskins has the most with 39.
On the defensive side of the ball, Akilah Barrett has nearly a quarter of the team’s digs. She had a season-high of seven in a dominating win over Dillard in straight sets earlier this year and has 61 on the season.
All four of the other wins this season have come in straight sets. Coral Springs High School have defeated Stranahan, Plantation, Piper, and Coconut Creek so far. They have just one game in the regular season left before they hope to end the season on a high note with a District Title.
Their next game will be against Hollywood Hills on Friday, October 11, at 6 p.m. before starting the district tournament.
- Matt Rothman is a 2018 graduate from Florida Gulf Coast University receiving his bachelor’s degree in journalism. He is now attending the University of Florida as a graduate student. Matt also covers the New York Islanders for The Hockey Writer, the New York Mets for Last Word on Baseball and Florida Gators Athletics for ESPN Gainesville.
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