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Volleyball - Varsity

Record: 8-3

Overview

Overview

The Taft volleyball team is regarded as one of the top teams in New England's Class A Division. The team has logged an impressive tournament record, with 15 New England Tournament appearances as quarter-finalists, semi-finalists, and finalists since 2001.

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 14 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.

Email Head Coach Derek Palmore

Schedule

Schedule

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

Roster

Roster

# Name Position Class Hometown
AJ Davidson 2020 Lake Forest, IL
1 Addie Delafield 2020 Gulf Stream, FL
2 Finley Delafield 2021 Gulf Stream, FL
3 Mason Delafield 2022 Gulf Stream, FL
10 Caroline Downing 2020 Carlisle, MA
16 Posey Durling 2021 Whitehouse Station, NJ
Henry Horne 2020 Winnetka, IL
0 Sarah Katz 2021 Beverly Hills, CA
5 Melisa Kayali 2021 Mugla
11 Zoe Kemper 2020 Boston, MA
20 Ellie Ketchum 2020 Washington Depot, CT
17 Maile Kuyper 2020 Kamuela, HI
Sam Milardo 2020 Lyme, CT
7 Annabelle Savage 2023 West Palm Beach, FL
9 Tiffany Tam 2020 Chung Hom Kok

Coaches

Coaches

About Head Coach Derek Palmore

Derek Palmore joined the Taft community in 2016 following five years on the faculty of Milton Academy (MA). While at Milton, Derek taught English, served as a class dean, and coached girls' varsity volleyball, leading the team to the school's first Independent School League title in the sport in 2014. Derek’s teaching and coaching experience also includes time at his alma mater, Punahou School (HI), at Campbell Hall (CA), and at the Rectory School (CT). Derek attended Boston University, where he earned a degree in English, with a minor in film studies. He was a four-year starter on BU's mens' volleyball team, and was selected to the All-New England team in 2004. After college, he played for the Boston Knights, a nine-man club volleyball team, as well as several A/AA USAV teams. During his career, Derek coached a range of volleyball teams, from middle school to college, and Hawaii to Massachusetts, including the Boston University womens' club volleyball team, guiding the program to a New England Regional Championship and helping them climb the national rankings to as high as the 11th position.

Record

Record

Year Record Year Record
2006-07 9-8-0 2007-08 16-3-0
2008-09 9-10 2009-10 10-9
2010-11 17-3 2011-12 14-6
2012-13 13-4 2013-14 6-11
2014-15 7-10 2015-16 11-7
2017-18 15-5 2018-19 17-1-0

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