Model Girls Volleyball Team Wins League Championship
The MSSD girls volleyball team, coaches, and Athletic Department staff proudly display the season trophy from the Maryland Independent School Athletic League. (Photo:Daniel Hines)
The Maryland Independent School Athletic League recognized MSSD senior Martha Wolcott as a 1st Team All League Player, and MSSD sophomore Anna Lynch and senior Carolina Kohn as 2nd Team All League Players for the 2009 season. Pictured from left to right: Wolcott, Lynch, and Kohn. (Photo: Daniel Hines)
The Model Secondary School for the Deaf (MSSD) girls volleyball team won the Maryland Independent School Athletic League (MISAL) title in an exciting 3-1 match on October 27 against two-time league champion Lanham Christian High School, ending their season with a 21-13 record.
Three star players from the team were recognized for their outstanding performance in league games throughout the season. Senior Martha Wolcott was named a 1st Team All League Player. Sophomore Anna Lynch and senior Carolina Kohn won recognition as 2nd Team All League Players.
MSSD played in the MISAL for the first time this year, which makes their 2009 league record of 11-1, including 3-0 in the playoffs, all the more remarkable. First time head coach Jenny Cooper led the team to victory despite missing three weeks at the beginning of the season in order to play on the U. S. women’s volleyball team in the 2009 Deaflympics in Taiwan (she helped her team win a silver medal). Cooper credits her assistant coaches, Nanette Virnig and Tatsutoshi Kadota, for their leadership during her absence.
Team members Wolcott and Kohn praised the coaching staff. "Our summer volleyball camp at MSSD helped prepare us for the season. Over the three months of the season, we practiced at least two-and-a-half hours daily for three months. The coaches took us to see volleyball games at Gallaudet to observe their techniques."
The coaches are also setting the MSSD players on a path to future opportunities in the sport. “We watched Jenny at the Deaflympics on the web and kept in touch through VP,” said Wolcott. Both Wolcott and Kohn plan to continue their volleyball careers as Gallaudet students next fall.