Catasauqua Press

Monday, September 24, 2018

Catty looks to improve now and for future

Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by jeff moeller Special to the Press in Sports

For the Catasauqua girls’ volleyball team, it is all about the future.

However, their present state is looking pretty good.

Having a young, maturing squad, the Roughies have been steadily improving throughout the season, and they have been looking at the big picture. Catty has a 2-7 record through their first five games, but they aren’t looking at the final results.

“Our record is 2-7, and this season we are improving incredibly,” said head coach Danielle Heller. “My assistant and I don’t look at wins and losses, but we focus on how we are improving each and every game and what we still need to work on.

“Seeing two wins early on in the season really showed the girls what they are capable of and boosted their confidence. Honestly, all the girls are improving and playing so well.”

Heller has been impressed with the recent play of junior Leah Klinger and sophomore Tory Simmons along with newcomers Alyssa Lee, Katie Stewart, and Priscilla Shafer.

“Leah Klinger is becoming a strong middle and defensive player, and I can put her in any position on the court and know that she will perform,” said Heller. “Tory Simmons is my best outside hitter and has improved a lot since last year.

“Alyssa Lee, Katie Stewart, and Priscilla Schaller are stepping up and proving themselves on the court.”

Heller noted the team received a big lift with their win over Palmerton. She also believes her team will make more major strides down the stretch. It is a matter of growth on several levels.

“Our win over Palmerton was huge and the girls competed very well against them,” said Heller.” I see more wins in our future games and better competition. With the girls playing a lot better this year and becoming a team, we are seeing larger and larger crowds coming to our games, and the interest in building. More and more girls are becoming interested in joining the program, and that will help in the development of the program. I can’t wait to see what the rest of this season has to offer.”