New Haven schools back on the volleyball court this season

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NEW HAVEN — Ever since Daneris Tirado started playing volleyball at age 10, she’s loved playing it. The passion was there from the start.

You can see it on Tirado’s face as she gears up for this 2021 season.

“I was hoping we would have a season, but I wasn’t sure,” Tirado said. “Every time school is over, we come to the field and focus on sports. I always wanted to play volleyball, even when I was little. When I had the chance to play in volleyball, it was a dream come true and it still is today.

Taryn Stafford, center and outside hitter for Hillhouse, will have one last season with the varsity program.


“I’m happy we have him back and we’re excited. Getting all together is very refreshing,” said Stafford, who is also captain. “I hope to have a full season, but deep down I still fear it will be closed due to COVID.”

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Haven Department of Public Health has determined that the 2020 women’s volleyball season can only be played outdoors. Tirado said the career squad trained away for about five weeks.

“The pitch was much smaller because it was outside. We were all crammed in,” Tirado said. “It was good because we had something, but it would have been better if it was inside. We were hoping for a season. »

Unfortunately, there really was no women’s volleyball season for New Haven schools. All three programs had a one-day round robin.

Tirado played the sport as a freshman. Quarry went 8-8 and qualified for the Class M State Tournament in 2019.

“The rest of CSC was able to play indoors. I certainly won’t lie. Last year, I was like, “Do I still want to do this?” I thought I would lose the love of volleyball because we didn’t have a season,” Tirado said.

Said Stafford: “They (the other CSC teams) had their seasons, and I’m glad they did, but I was upset that I didn’t have my season.”

Nally Sahin is in her first season as Career Women’s Volleyball Coach. She coached Hamden Hall last season. The Hornets have played eight away games.

“The biggest difficulty was the elements. With indoor sports, the elements are controlled,” Sahin said. “Sometimes the wind was blowing, sometimes it was raining. You also look at the sun. Anyway, the elements were difficult. Add to that the wearing of masks and communication was extremely difficult.

New Haven schools are all back in CSC. All women’s volleyball teams in the state are playing with masks indoors for the second straight season.

The quarry opened against Lauralton Hall on Thursday while Hillhouse and Wilbur Cross face off in the season opener at Cross on Monday.

“I realized that my passion for the sport never went away,” Tirado said.

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