“They played well,” said coach Betty Smerglia, concerning their performance in last weekend’s tournament, “Revere [the team they lost to in the semifinal] is the toughest team we have faced thus far.” The Lady Mustangs came back in their bronze metal match against Parma to finish in third place.
Coach Smerglia is in her 27th year of coaching Maple Volleyball and has been head coach since taking over for Coach George Belden in 1987. She came to Maple as a swim instructor and now teaches health since the high school pool has become the victim of budgetary cuts. Her assistant coach, Dale Walter has been involved in coaching volleyball for 18 years and is the key source of motivation for the team.
Lattimore, Freaky Good
This year, Coach Smerglia is leaning heavily on one of her players to stabilize and lead the Lady Mustangs. “She has some of the best ball control I have ever seen,” said Smerglia of Taylor Lattimore.
Lattimore is a senior at Maple and is, in the words of her coach, “freaky good.” Her ball control in so exceptionally good that the coaches often call on her to hit the ball to the team during drills. “Add that to the fact that she hates to lose and you have a fantastic player,” comments Coach Walter.
Coach Smerglia believes that, with the passing and defense of Lattimore, the team will go far. The team has set the goal of winning the league championship and feels that they are right on track to do so.
The Lady Mustangs Volleyball team has there next home match this Wednesday against Willoughby South High School at 6:30pm. The following night they will be hosting Shaw High School at 5:30pm. The entire schedule can be found on the Maple Athletics website.
Come out and support our volleyball team as they fight to be the Lake Erie League Champions.