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Jehle enjoys first season as coach

(Oct. 31, 2014) Ending its season on a high note, the Worcester Prep volleyball team earned a three-game victory over the Chincoteague Ponies on Oct. 22 in Berlin.

“They played awesome. It was one of their best games,” Prep Coach Kristin Jehle said after the Lady Mallards’ 25-10, 25-10 and 25-16 win. “They did really well with serving. They had 20 aces.”

Senior captain Mattie Maull tallied nine aces. She also had 12 kills, 16 digs and one block.

Freshman Caroline Pasquariello recorded five aces, three digs and one kill, and senior captain, setter Cecily Sass, contributed with two aces, 13 assists and two kills.

Junior Bridget Brown chipped in with two aces and senior captain Michelle Curtis and junior Madison Doody each had one ace.

“They did everything they needed to. It was great,” Jehle said. “Everyone stepped up and played well…It was a good way to end the season, especially on Senior Night.”

The Mallards finished the season 5-11 under the direction of the first-year coach and Assistant Charlene Fischer.

This is the winningest season ever since the program started four years ago. Maull and Sass have been members of the team since its inception.

“It was a great season. We won more than we’ve ever won in the past. We all improved a lot,” said Maull, who received All-Peninsula Athletic Christian Conference honors. “I loved [playing volleyball]. I think that each year we progressed a little bit more and that’s all you can hope for. It was fantastic.”

Jehle said she enjoyed her first season as head coach.

“I loved it. I couldn’t have asked for a greater group of girls. They made me laugh a lot,” she said. “I’m pretty happy with the season. The girls have come a long way. There’s been a lot of improvement, especially with the beginners.”

The team will graduate its three captains–Maull, Sass and Curtis–but Jehle said the Mallards are interested in volleyball and want to participate in camps and clinics to build their skills.

“I’m really excited about next year. They’re starting to really like volleyball and they want to continue,” Jehle said. “I think the seniors next year will rise up and be leaders on the court and at practice.”

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