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Warriors start new volleyball campaign with a new coach

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By Steve Smith

FREDERICK — The new volleyball coach at Frederick High School was excited to take the job. 

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After meeting her team five months ago and spending most of the summer in open gyms and camps, nothing has changed.

“I am absolutely excited,” said Geneva Morford. “This is a hard-working group, and it has talent to boot. It’s a coach’s dream.”

Her “dream” also includes a core group of eight seniors and two juniors. One of those seniors, Makenzie DiGesualdo, had 46 kills, 186 assists, 39 blocks and 32 aces last year for Frederick. Kendra Kelley had 23 kill and 39 blocks last season.

“That makes me very happy,” Morford said. “I was looking for a group of kids like this who wanted to be pushed and who didn’t want things to come easy. It’s nice we found each other. I have no idea what their potential is going to be. Every day, we are getting better and better.”

Morford wants to run a fast-paced offense.

“We aren’t blessed with size, but we have some quick hitters at the net and good passers,” she said. 

On defense, the new coach plans to run a “true rotational defense,” in which a player runs to the out-of-bounds line.”

“The reason is we have one of the best blocking teams around,” Morford said.

Morford comes to Frederick by way of Roosevelt High School. The Roughriders made it to the state tournament in four consecutive seasons. RHS was second in 2010 and advanced to the semifinals the other three seasons. Roosevelt won at least 22 games from 2008 to 2011.

“To have that kind of success, you have to have tough, gritty athletes who want to work hard,” Morford said. “Volleyball can be grueling at times. These kids have that fight in them. That’s what I’ve seen. The parents have been wonderful. The administration has been supportive. What a great facility.

“I’ve arrived at the castle.”

 

Contact Sports Editor Steve Smith at ssmith@metrowestnewspapers.com