Slow Start
Westies fall to Jonathan Law in season opener
Westie Blue
(September 8, 2017) 
- If there was one thing West Haven volleyball coach Kate Coldren wanted to avoid, it was a slow start to the 2017 season. Unfortunately for Coldren, that was exactly how the season for the Westies started. 

Getting out of the gate slowly, West Haven fell in its season opener at home to Jonathan Law by scores of 25-7, 25-20, 27-25.

CC Condon (2) with a dig against Jonathan Law, September 8, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

"We got off to a super slow start with far too many unforced errors and not enough communication," Coldren said "Despite all of this, we fought and made a game of it. We played very good defense and started to put everything together. We can definitely build on the positives and move forward. We just need to stay focused and play smart."

After losing the first game in convincing fashion by 18 points, the Westies rallied in both the second and third games, but could not prevail. 
Irene Ronan led West Haven with 10 kills and three blocks, Megan Paterson ran the offense with 14 assists, and C.C. Condon had four digs.


Irene Ronan (20) goes up for a kill against Jonathan Law, September 8, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
"Irene (Ronan) had an impressive game at the net, Coldren said. "She dominated when we could get her the ball. Once our hitters settled down, we had some really smart plays and strong hits. It was the same for our defense. Once we settled in, the girls didn't let anything drop. Alyanah (Bonilla), Danna (Tortal), and CC (Condon) hustled and really made things difficult for the Law hitters."

Danna Tortal added four digs,  Lexi Burzynski had five kills and three aces, and Nancy Tapia added three kills and two digs. 
"We have Hamden next and they will also be tough," Coldren said. "We need to be ready to fight from the first serve. As long as we clean things up, we will be fine."

Hamden blanks Westies
WH falls to 0-2 with 3-0 loss
Westie Blue
(September 11, 2017) 
- West Haven coach Kate Coldren and her team are looking for their first win of the season. To do that, the Westies will need to get off to a quicker start. 

Starting slowly for the second straight match to open the year, West Haven could not recover in a 25-11, 25-18, 25-10 loss against Hamden in West Haven Monday evening. 

West Haven volleyball fell to Hamden, September 11, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
"It was another slow start," Coldren said after her team fell to 0-2. "We need to go back to basics and keep it simple and fundamental. We need to get some solid passing and get our offense going. We are struggling to get in a rhythm. We have to keep working hard and fix our mistakes.  It sounds like a lot to do, but it's the little details that will hopefully get us a win and some confidence."

Megan Paterson sets up the offense as the West Haven volleyball team fell to Hamden, September 11, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 
The Westies fell behind quickly in the match, losing by 14 points in the opening game. West Haven battled and played a tighter second game, but Hamden cruised to the win by handling the Westies in the third game. 
"I see improvements, but they are sporadic and inconsistent," Coldren said. "Our defense looked pretty good tonight, but serve receive needs some more work. We had less service and hitting errors, but there were still far too many. Lexi (Burzynski) played well at the net and made some smart plays. Danna (Tortal) handled things very well in the back row,  but Hamden did their best to keep the ball away from her. We have to spend the next three days cleaning things up and moving forward to get ready for Mercy."

Megan Paterson ran the offense with 11 assists, Lexi Burzynski added seven kills, Danna Tortal had five digs, and Nancy Tapia chipped in three kills. 

Mercy tops Westies
WH falls to 0-3 with 3-1 loss
Westie Blue
(September 16, 2017)
 - West Haven coach Kate Coldren was looking for her team to take steps in the right direction when the Westies played host to Mercy Saturday evening. 

West Haven fell 3-1 to drop to 0-3 on the season, but Coldren saw plenty to be happy about. 

"Although we were on the losing end of this match, the girls played very well," West Haven coach Kate Coldren said. "They worked hard for every point and it was a battle. It was so good to see that fire in them. We still need to clean up our unforced errors. That will make a huge difference. Our defense was tight tonight against some pretty strong hitters. The front row needs to make better decisions and that will come with more experience. We played as a team and communication was significantly better. We just need to keep pushing forward with this attitude and work ethic because we have another tough week coming up."

Megan Paterson ran the offense with 12 assists, Irene Ronan had six kills and four aces, and Nancy Tapia had three kills. Defensively, C.C. Condon had nine digs, Danna Tortal had seven digs, Marianne Loo added five digs, and Tapia had four digs. 
"Irene (Ronan) had another solid night at the net," Coldren said. "She placed the ball very well and got some key blocks. Lexi (Burzynski) and Nancy (Tapia) also made a big contribution at the net. We need to be able to spread the sets around and keep the defense on their toes. CC (Condon) and Danna (Tortal) both had solid and consistent performances in the back row."

Lexi Burzynski also played well with three kills and three digs.

Guilford keeps Westies Winless
Westies fall to 0-4 
Westie Blue
(September 18, 2017) -
The search for the first victory of the season continues for the West Haven volleyball team. Traveling to Guilford, West Haven had hoped to pick up its initial win of the season. 

Instead, the Westies fell to 0-4 with a 3-0 loss to the Indians at Guilford High Monday evening. 

"We still need to work on our unforced errors," West Haven coach Kate Coldren said. "Our defense was solid again tonight, but unfortunately, nothing else was working. We have to figure out a way to shake off errors and just play."

Megan Paterson led the Westies with nine assists. Veronica Lynn had five kills, Nancy Tapia added seven digs, Lexi Burzynski had three aces, Marianne Loo had  three digs, and Irene Ronan chipped in three blocks. 

In the Win Column
Westies improve to 1-4 with win over Career
Westie Blue
(September 18, 2017) -
 It may have taken five matches, but the West Haven volleyball team is finally in the win column. Behind the play of Lexi Burzynski and Irene Ronan, the Westies cruised to a 25-12, 25-12, 25-4 victory over Career Wednesday evening at West Haven High. 

Ronan continued her solid play with six kills, while Burzynski had four kills and four aces in the win. 

"Irene (Ronan) and Lexi (Burzynski) did a great job at the net and hit around some pretty big blockers, and found the open spots on the court," West Haven coach Kate Coldren said. "Veronica (Lynn) , Lexi (Burzynski), Megan (Paterson) and Tenzin (Tsokey) had some good runs at the service line and served tough at Career. Passing and setting were also more consistent and that's very important to our success."  

Irene Ronan (c.) and the Westies topped Career, September 20, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske. 

West Haven controlled the match from the start, winning each of the first two games by 13 points. The Westies then closed the contest with a dominant third-game victory.

"It was a solid team effort and we played at our level," Coldren said. "Our goal going into the game was to play with as few unforced errors as possible because that has been a continued problem. We were going to stay focused on every point and every play and not let any mistakes distract us. I think we did a very good job of that. We had a few too many service errors but we're still working on it. We're looking forward to playing a tough Hand team next."

​West Haven celebrates a point against Career, September 20, 2017. Photo courtesy of Todd Dandelske.




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