Trumbull girls pleased with chance to defend state volleyball title

Maggie Carley, Jamie Willix and Jamie McPartland are Trumbull girls' volleyball captains.

Maggie Carley, Jamie Willix and Jamie McPartland are Trumbull girls' volleyball captains.

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The Trumbull girls’ volleyball team is on a quest.

“The girls are excited to finally be able to defend the state title,” coach Nicole Trommelen said of the Class LL championship earned by her Eagles in 2019. “We are a brand-new team from that season, but these girls want to take their own shot at it.”

Trumbull opened with wins against Southington and Masuk.

“Southington was a good opener for us,” Trommelan said of the 3-1 victory. “We want to fly around and keep the ball in the air. We did that better each set. The rest will come.”

Jamie McPartland and Jamie Willix are senior captains. Maggie Carley is a junior captain.

McPartland and Sammi Agostin are playing middle. Camdyn Roth and Emma Gentry are outside hitters with Sienna Hoeffer on the right side.

Willix is the libero.

Trommelen said: “Jamie does a good job being vocal. She will make it to as many passes as she can. With our defensive specialists, it’s all about confidence. They do a good job getting to the ball and trusting each other.”

Carley runs the attack from the setter position. She tutored under Ali Castro, a three-year starter and All-Stater at the position.

“Maggie is playing well. She is excited for the opportunity to take it on as her role,” Trommelen said. “She has a great touch on the ball. Maggie, like the entire team, is getting used to the speed of playing at the varsity level.”

Trommellen likes the competitive nature of practices.

“We do have depth with this team. We do full team drills in practice, where everyone is getting reps,” she said. “We have players that are ready to go if someone is off on a given day. That is beneficial. Teammates have each other’s backs and girls have something to strive for. At any time, someone’s number may be called. Their moment may come.”

Trumbull graduated nine seniors from last year’s team that finished 11-1. Three other veterans are gone as well. One moved away. Two suffered season-ending injuries before the season started. New faces to the program were welcome.

“We were excited to have 80-plus girls at tryouts, we kept 37,” said Trommelen, in her fourth season. “We like the fact so many girls want to play. Club ball gives girls the opportunity to play coming into high school. And, it is there for those girls that want to work on things we told them about and want to come back out next season.”

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