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Volleyball - Varsity

Record: 14-5

Overview

Overview

The Taft volleyball team is regarded as one of the top teams in New England's Class A Division. Prior to Coach O'Shea's arrival in 2001, the Taft volleyball team had never qualified for post-season play. Since then, the team has logged an impressive tournament record, with 14 New England Tournament appearances as quarter finalists, semi-finalists, and finalists.

Taft was the first private school to receive the Sportsmanship Award from the Connecticut Officials' Association. The team has been honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) for academic excellence and has received the AVCA Team Academic Award for the past 13 years.

In addition to their dedication to excellence on the court, in the classroom, and across the campus, volleyball players at Taft commit their time and energy to supporting various community service organizations, such as Project Window, a non-profit organization that creates opportunities for girls living in low-income housing. Wearing pink uniforms, players have raised breast cancer awareness, and contributed more than $8,500 to the Dig Pink organization. The team also hosts clinics for Special Olympians in the community throughout the academic year.

Schedule

Schedule

Opponent Date Time Location Advantage Details Result Score Status
vs.
Holy Cross High School
Holy Cross High School Away Details
vs.
Watertown High School
Home Details
vs.
Hotchkiss School
Hotchkiss School Away Details
vs.
Phillips Academy Andover
Home Details Win 3-1
vs.
Phillips Academy Andover, Phillips Exeter Academy
Home View Recap Loss 0-3
vs.
Ethel Walker School
Ethel Walker School Away View Recap Win 3-0
vs.
Berkshire School
Home View Recap Win 3-0
vs.
Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart Away View Recap Win 3-1
vs.
Hotchkiss School
Home View Recap Win 3-1
vs.
Northfield Mount Hermon School
Northfield Mount Hermon School Away View Recap Win 3-2
vs.
Loomis Chaffee School
Loomis Chaffee School Away View Recap Loss 2-3
vs.
Noble and Greenough
Home View Recap Win 3-0
vs.
Choate Rosemary Hall
Home View Recap Loss 1-3
vs.
Miss Porter's School
Miss Porter's School Away View Recap Win 3-0
vs.
Greenwich Academy
Greenwich Academy Away View Recap Win 3-0
vs.
Sacred Heart
Home View Recap Win 3-1
vs.
Loomis Chaffee School
Home View Recap Win 3-0
vs.
Hopkins School
Home View Recap Win 3-0
vs.
Deerfield Academy
Home View Recap Win 3-0
vs.
Choate Rosemary Hall
Choate Rosemary Hall Away View Recap Loss 1-3
vs.
Hotchkiss School
Hotchkiss School Away View Recap Win 3-2
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Loomis Chaffee School
Home View Recap Loss 0-3

Roster

Roster

# Name Position Class Hometown
11 Elizabeth Baratta 2018 Stuart, FL
18 Jagienka Bialunska 2019 El Paso, TX
Matthew Caruso MANAGER 2018 Litchfield, CT
0 Avery Comish 2020 Pensacola Beach, FL
4 Anna Csigirinszkij 2019 Budapest
1 Adelaide Delafield 2020 Gulf Stream, FL
3 Finley Delafield 2021 Gulf Stream, FL
Raveeno Douglas MANAGER 2018 Bronx, NY
17 Corisande Hardy 2018 Basel
16 Emily Hardy 2018 Basel
5 Zoe Kemper 2020 Boston, MA
Emma LaRose MANAGER 2018 Westerly, RI
10 Francesca Nyakora 2019 East Stroudsburg, PA
24 Kayla Robinson 2019 Bristol, CT
12 Anna Volentics 2018 VA'C
9 Kaia Whiteley 2018 West Chatham, MA
8 Olivia Wivestad 2019 Watertown, CT

Coaches

Coaches

About Head Coach Ginger O'Shea

Ginger taught at Boca Raton Academy, now a Pine Crest School, for five years before moving back to the north to earn a master’s degree in psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She then taught and coached at The Masters School in Dobbs Ferry, New York, for 14 years before joining the Taft faculty. Her duties at Taft now include teaching adolescent psychology to upper mids and seniors as well as working as a full-time admission officer. Ginger is also head coach for the girls’ varsity volleyball and golf teams. As a volleyball coach, Ginger has a career winning record of 74 percent with a tally of 464-166 and 22 tournament appearances at three schools. In 2000 and 2004 Ginger was recognized in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for her tremendous contributions to the athletic community. In 2010 she was the recipient of the Victory Club Award for achieving 400 career wins. Ginger’s team is the only one in the New England Prep School League to be presented the All-Academic Award by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. The girls’ varsity golf team was started in 2004 under Ginger’s direction, and the team has already posted an undefeated season. Ginger lives on campus with her husband and children. She is also a triathlete and a competitive golfer.

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Record

Record

Year Record Year Record
2006-079-8-02007-0816-3-0
2008-099-102009-1010-9
2010-11 17-3
2011-12 14-6
2012-13 13-4 2013-14 6-11
2014-15 7-10 2015-16 11-7

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