Junior Rachael Triebwasser is the only remaining starter on Colonia High School’s defending Greater Middlesex Conference championship volleyball squad and has had to provide the leadership for the young team in the early part of the season.
On Thusday, Triebwasser led the Patriots with 20 service points, seven aces, four kills and one dig in a 2-0 victory over visiting Piscatway.
Colonia won the first game 25-19. Piscataway made a run to get within two points, but Colonia was able to close the match out.
“I think we served really well,” Triebwasser said. “We communicated well and had a couple setbacks but that happens with every team.”
While game one was a close call, the second was the complete opposite, with Colonia winning 25-8.
Coach Tom Hennessy was satisfied with the win, and he knows his young team will keep building on every win they come by.
“We had a good practice Wednesday,” Hennessy said, “…and I think they transitioned that to the game very well today, so hopefully they keep progressing from there.”
It was a tough game for Piscataway, which made mistakes that cost it points.
“This is a new team,” said coach Jennifer Daly, “and I think from where we started to where we are now, we’re playing very well.”
While Daly is pleased with her team’s performance, she knows that there are still things for her young squad to work on to become better.
“We always need to work on our skills in order to become the best team that we can be,” Daly said. “We always come together and reflect and then the next day we come back out and play our game.”
The Patriots are looking to win the GMC Championship for the fourth straight time. While the team is talented, as their young players are no strangers to success, Hennessy knows that they will need to play well in order to achieve their goal.
“It’s going to be a bit tougher because we have a young team,” Hennessy said. “They’re a tough team but I think they’re just starting to gel.”
“We just need to keep our energy up between games, and play well in practice,” said Triebwasser.