Volleyball

November 26, 2013

Despite small roster, women’s volleyball endures
By Rachel Mouton

Stephanie Nava, Diana Patrick, Annie Cockcroft, Christina Thermidor, Ashley Hernandez, Nora Divjak, and Makena Guasco (not pictured) played against the odds with a small roster.

Stephanie Nava, Diana Patrick, Annie Cockcroft, Christina Thermidor, Ashley Hernandez, Nora Divjak, and Makena Guasco (not pictured) played against the odds with a small roster.

It has been a tough season for the College of Marin women’s volleyball team, which wrapped up a 5-11 conference record.

“The beginning was rough, it’s been an up and down kind of year, but it has gotten better,” said head coach Lindsay Bacigalupi.

The team won five games and lost eleven in conference. Overall they went 5-19. They have played more tournaments than usual this year, giving them a lot of playing experience.

The volleyball team, which has yet to win their first championship, has consistently placed fourth  in the conference for three of the four seasons that Bacigalupi has been coaching.

“We seem to beat the teams we’re supposed to beat and play hard against the better teams without beating them,” she said.

Bacigalupi, who has been coaching since she was 19, played Division 1 out of high school at Cal State Fullerton, and Division 1 and 2 at Sonoma State.

She has also coached high school teams and at the club level.

With a mostly freshman team, Coach Bacigalupis’ goal was to give her team playing time so they could develop their skills.

“We are a very young team,” she said. “We have nine brand new players, so we’re a little inexperienced. But they work very hard and really want to be good. It’s kind of a rebuilding year for us.”

Christina Thermidor, who played center on COM’s basketball team,  made the transition to volleyball this season. At 5-foot-11, she’s the tallest player on the team.

“I played volleyball in high school and I really missed it,” Thermidor told the Marin Independent Journal. “I came to College of Marin to play basketball. Volleyball wasn’t on my mind. But in the offseason, I realized I was missing it. ”

Although the team has had a lot of turnover, they have  “played really well, but not to [their] potential,” said Bacigalupi.

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