With a new head coach and a new offense, the Elizabeth Cardinal volleyball team has had a tough season so far. But through hard work, patience and …
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With a new head coach and a new offense, the Elizabeth Cardinal
volleyball team has had a tough season so far. But through hard
work, patience and dedication, the team is pulling together and
enjoying success along the way.
Dave Danforth, head coach, admits it has been a difficult
transition for the girls with a new coach leading them this season,
but the players have adjusted well under the conditions. Throughout
the learning process, Danforth has learned more about the girls as
a team and individually. He said the chemistry is coming together
at the right time.
“We had some tough games in the beginning, but it’s been worth
it,” he said.
Along with a new coach, the girls are also learning a new
offense. Danforth said traditionally teams use a 6-2 or 5-1
offense, but this year the Cardinals switched to a 6-0 offense,
putting six setters on the court. He learned the offense from new
assistant coach Lee Moe, who brought the strategy from his
father-in-law’s college volleyball team. The offense has trained
the girls to be quicker and more precise.
“Because we don’t have a lot of height this year, we have to
rely on being quicker and more defensibly minded,” he said. “And
this new offense has really helped us achieve that.”
The transition to a new offense did not come easy, but Danforth
said now that it is later in the season he is seeing everything
come into play. The girls feel more confident not only in
themselves and each other but also in the offensive game.
One apparent thing from the very beginning the team has is the
passion and love for the game. Danforth said the girls worked hard
over the summer, which made a huge difference this season. The
girls’ individual skills have improved because of their strong
dedication to the game, Danforth said.
“The girls’ speed and vertical jumping ability is very good,” he
said. “We have worked to be the best physically fit athletes we can
be and our conditioning program this year had made that
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