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October 11, 2012

Jean DePlacido column: Team chemistry drives Beverly volleyball

One of the big reasons why the Beverly volleyball team is so successful this season is team chemistry. The 8-2 Panthers really enjoy playing together. The team suffered a disappointing loss to Peabody earlier this week in a key match. A win would have put them in a tie for first place Now the Panthers will concentrate on winning the next six games against teams they have already beaten once and try to nail down second place.

“The loss to Peabody was upsetting because we really felt we could have played better,” said coach Pam Padovani. “Now we are re-establishing our goals. We learn something with every match which is exciting. The character of our team will emerge as we play the next few games, build our confidence back up, and move forward.

“We’ve beaten everyone left on our schedule so we will need focus, consistency, and effort to do it again. Consistency is the key along with dedication to the sport. We have players with many strengths in different areas of the game.”

Padovani believes a key element this year is the shared desire to do well. She said in volleyball is it often difficult for everyone to get playing time at the varsity level, and each year fewer and fewer girls are kept on the varsity so competition for every starting position is keen.

“There is real competition, but I feel that all my girls want success and understand their role for team success,” said Padovani. “It is important that those on the bench understand that the ones on the court could not be doing what they are without them. I have been honest with my girls, and I believe they all know what they have to do to move into a starting or playing position. This group enjoys each others company, another aspect of team play that is very important. I feel so privileged to be working with these girls; we all like each other.”

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