When Bob Brennan arrived at Plumstead Christian School three years ago, he had aspirations of beginning a girls volleyball program.
This season it became a reality, and the program hasn’t taken long to develop.
Plumstead Christian defeated Faith Christian, 3-1, Sept. 20 and four days later downed George School, 3-1, to raise its overall record to 8-2.
It has been a whirlwind season so far with just nine girls on the roster.
“It has been a great start for us,” said Brennan, who has a varied 23-year volleyball coaching background that has extended from Brazil, Georgia and Oklahoma. “We only had five girls come out and we had to recruit four.
“I really didn’t know the quality of our opponents, but we have received a steady, strong effort from the girls.”
Senior captain Caroline Taylor is the team’s setter and one of five girls who previously have played club volleyball. Sophomores Hannah Campbell and Taylor Blattner also have been leaders and consistent contributors throughout the year.
“Those three have done a great job,” added Brennan. “The girls have gained a lot of confidence.
But we have a tough part of our schedule ahead.”
Brennan noted the team has a string of seven games in 10 games that will test their mettle.
“We’ll see how we respond,” he said. “We are playing well and will work to continue.”
At Faith Christian, head coach Alexander Woelkers is experiencing his share of growing pains with an overall 2-6 mark.
“We have had our share of self-inflicted wounds,” said Woelkers. “We have had people in and out of the lineup. We had a back-and-forth match with Plumstead before it got away from us.
“Last year, we had all freshman and sophomores, but we have been growing. We are getting to be a pretty solid team, and we just have to execute better.”
Sophomore Hannah Pringle and juniors Alba Iglesias Villarquide and Abby Bowersock all have had solid seasons and have been efficient and effective.
“They are three key players for us,” said Woelkers. “All of them have been consistent leaders for us.”
Junior setter Hannah Buechel also has made steady progress.
“She’s a sponge,” said Woelkers about his setter. “Anything you tell her, she goes out and does it. She is very anxious to learn everything.”
Woelkers is confident his club can mature down the road.
“We’re about halfway through and we are getting better,” he said. “We played the harder part of our schedule already, and the girls should gain some more confidence.”