Volleyball Preview: Brunswick/Mt. Ararat optimistic at the start of the season

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Candace Pelotte (13) of Messalonskee tries to block a shot from Brunswick/Mt. Ararat in volleyball last season in Oakland. Michael G. Seamans

BRUNSWICK—The Brunswick/Mt. The Ararat volleyball team enters the 2022 season with optimism for another trip to the playoffs.

The team fell to Bonny Eagle in the first round of last year’s Class A tournament.

Second-year coach Janey Martin says despite losing several players at graduation, the numbers are very good and she expects the mix of newcomers and returners to help the team succeed .

“We had several freshman college players last season and half of them graduated and moved on. (We are) a young team again with only a pair of seniors on the varsity roster, but the preseason has consistently shown progress and the team and I are excited to get our games going,” Martin said.

Brunswick’s Ava Cairns is the only returning senior, but six newcomers will be sought to make an immediate impact – Brunswick senior Lila Madsen, junior Lea Sharon, sophomores Camille Tuite and Ava Coley and Layla Purcell and Annabelle Pineau of Mt. Ararat. Brunswick juniors Elizabeth Putnam, Cecelia Slocum, Abrielle St. Pierre and Elle Martin of Mt. Ararat round out the roster.

“It’s been a great two weeks building the team atmosphere and setting a healthy, competitive standard in practices to challenge each other not just individually but as a unit,” Martin said. “The girls have a big goal of making the playoffs this season, but we’re going to tackle that goal one game at a time and keep working to be comfortably comfortable moving forward and learning from the good and bad experiences. which inevitably result from being brave and challenging our skills with one goal in mind: progress.

Messalonskee’s Olivia Thomas (3) spikes the ball as Brunswick/Mt. Ararat’s Abrielle St. Pierre (9) and Ava Cairns (14) defended in volleyball action last season in Oakland. Michael G. Seamans

And the coach does not stop there, noting that the program is going up.

“I’m excited to see where both groups end up at the end of this season and to have the opportunity to help guide their volleyball journey to set them up for the successes they aspire to and are working towards. The program is made up of quality players and families and the future of volleyball in our region is bright,” said Martin.

The team has plans during the season to help pro bono through various avenues and raise money for a local cause.

“We are volunteering at the Flight Deck 5K/Half Marathon next month as a fundraiser and will be having a car wash on September 10th in downtown Brunswick at 7-eleven to also help raise money for the program. The date for our benefit match has yet to be decided, but the girls would like to donate the funds earned from this match to Tedford House and the ‘Warm Thy Neighbor’ cause helping people transition from homelessness at home. Last season we hosted a successful Suicide Awareness Game and were able to make a significant donation to a local charity because of that success and the generosity of the spectators in attendance,” said Martin.

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