Fall coaches wrap up the season in a few words

Varsity Volleyball 

Our girls’ varsity team excelled to the playoffs, which made for their best season in seven years! “One of the highlights of the season was the team taking third place in the Endless Summer Volleyball Tournament. The tournament is one of the largest high school volleyball tournaments in the country,” said coaches Diego Fama and Brianna Clark. “This year's team was supported by a strong contingent of seniors. The team had five seniors in the starting lineup. One of those seniors was Captain Bailey Jones ’16, who has been recruited by a few colleges and will possibly be playing for one of those schools.”

“Although our seniors will be missed, the best is yet to come,” said coach Fama. “We are still in the building process for the volleyball team competing with other sports for quality athletes. We have a good group of younger players who with more experience can make a very competitive team in the TCIS. However, this nucleus of girls needs other athletes to complete their roster.  We need to get girls involved and interested in the sport while they are very young to keep the program going in the right direction.”


JV Volleyball

A positive attitude goes a long way and our JV volleyball team understood that component well. “All of the starters from last year’s JV team moved up this season and our youth and inexperience showed in the first half of the season, said coaches Matt Robertson and Erin Smyth. “What we lacked in volleyball IQ, we made up for in determination, a positive attitude and willingness to learn. Our turning point was realized in the match against Bishop Sullivan where we competed until the very end and lost a heartbreaker in the third set. After the match you could sense something had shifted in the team and we used that positive momentum to win three of our next five matches,” said the coaches.

“Our young and scrappy JV team should return a lot of players next season, and we look forward to continued improvement going into next fall,” they said.


Middle School Volleyball

Sportsmanship was key for our Middle School volleyball team this year. “We had a record-breaking year; although we did not win a lot of games, our team of 31 girls truly came together,” said coaches Cayte Brown ’08 and Roza Krasnova. “Over the season, we traveled to away games, hosted the Saturday morning league at our school and supported our JV and varsity girls’ teams.  The Middle School volleyball team enhanced its skills, improved its serving and prepared for the next level of volleyball. Each athlete played her part and was outstanding. Two of our players took home the Oak Awards, sixth-graders Katie Scott and Mackenzie Woodson.


Varsity Field Hockey

Finishing with five triumphant wins, our varsity field hockey team had one of its strongest seasons. “The girls played through tough conferences and independent school competitions. The large turnout this year of 23 athletes shows well for the future of field hockey at Collegiate,” said coaches Taylor Kelly and Martha Stalling. “Varsity field hockey concluded the season in sixthplace at the TCIS Tournament; with two, first-team All-Conference players, Jordan Sibley ’16 and Frances Boyer ’17. We also won the TCIS Sportsmanship award,” said the coaches. “We are looking forward to improvements and growth in the future,” they said.


Middle School Field Hockey

Our Oaks found their niche, toward the end of the season and it was one to take notice. “Out of 17 players, a third of our athletes were first-time field hockey players. We won our first game, lost a few and then came back for a triumphant season,” said coaches Anne Curtis and Cathy White. “Our girls really clicked and came together; we found our grove and each member on the team found her niche. We won the last four games, including our victory over Cape Henry. Our overall season included six wins, four loses and one tie.”


Varsity Boys’ Soccer

After a few big wins, including the triumphant game against Suffolk Academy, our varsity boys’ soccer team has a lot of which to be proud. “We had a good season,” said Assistant Coach Daniel Leaverton. “The guys did well and we were a strong team. It was great to be able to play on the new athletic fields this season; I look forward to an even better season next year.”


JV Boys' Soccer

Collegiate was excited to have alumni Bobby Merryman ’10 return to coach the JV boys’ soccer team. He truly helped to lead our soccer team to a great season. “I take a lot of pride in Norfolk Collegiate and wanted to pass that along to our players. Along with my return to Collegiate came the new turf fields. The fields are first class, and we really enjoyed having them,” said Merryman. “I have to give credit to our Head Coach Brandon Ricker for the outstanding job he did. He taught the boys the fundamentals of the game at the very beginning of the season, and we continued to build throughout the fall.”

Four out of seven losses were to teams that Collegiate played twice, Beach Breakers and Cape Henry. “Even though we lost all four games, the second time we played each team we improved. One of signature wins was against Walsingham where we were down 2-1 and came back to win 4-2. The boys’ showed the fight a team has to have in order to come back and win a game like that. Some rising players to look out for next year are Maxwell Vooss ’19, Jacob Roth ’19 and Abe Musselmani ’20.”


Middle School Boys’ Soccer

With a big win against Norfolk Academy, it’s fair to say our Middle School boys’ soccer team is on the rise. “Our backline was really the backbone of the team,” said Tommy Ricker, head coach. “It was their defensive strength and help that solidified our place during every match. I’d like to congratulate Ashton Hall ’21 who won the OAK award this fall. He is a rising eighth-grader who was very influential on activating our wins this season. His ability to lift his teammates to the next level was evident throughout each game. He and Max Edwards ’21 were a great collaboration in a lot of our games. Overall, the team was strong.”


Co-Ed Varsity Sailing

Our co-ed varsity sailing team performed at an all-time high and was named first-team for multiple conferences and categories, including TCIS and VISA. “This season has been the best season that this generation of sailors has ever seen,” said one of the team’s leading sailors Darden Purrington ’16. “There have been tremendous improvements stemming from several years of hard work together which culminated this past season with a first in the TCIS Fleet Racing Championship, first in VISA Team Racing State Championship, third in MASSA Team Racing Regional Championship and fourth place in the Atlantic Coast Championship,” she said. “We have had great success because we have used each and every moment on the water as a learning opportunity and have worked hard.” 

Co-Ed JV Sailing

The JV sailing team sailed into improvement and placed seventh out of 16 schools in the JV Area Championship. “Led by team Capt. Anna Flynn, the JV sailing team with 15 sailors, four of whom were in sixth grade and six in eighth, had a good season. The sailing skills of each member improved considerably over the course of the season, which each sailor competed in at least two of the four fall regattas. The final competition of the season, the JV Area Championship, was held in very light winds at Poquoson. Collegiate finished seventh out of 16 schools with the pairs of Brylie Schaubach ’22 and Bronte Unrein ’17, and Spencer King ’21 and Henry Glover ’22 each of them placed in the top four,” said Coach Peter Doherty.


Co-Ed Cross Country

The boys’ and girls’ cross country teams made their mark and more this season after finishing in 15th place at the VISAA State Championship. "We had a great bunch of athletes, who worked hard and really came together like a family," said Coach Rob Tupper. "It's a sport where hard work goes a long way and if you have the will—and this group did—you can go a long way and see a lot of success." The boys’ took second in three separate meets. “Chandler Branton ’18, with three top-five finishes along the way, led the charge. Miles Edmond ’18 wound up in the top 10 a handful of times, while Frankie White ’17 and Harrison Fuller ’17 traded off the third spot for the Oaks much of the season.”

Malia Mantz ’19, Maddie Foster ’18 and Claudia King ’18 were the heart and soul of the girls’ squad, training together and invariably finishing within a few seconds of one another, meet after meet."We've got just about the whole team back next year," Coach Tupper said. "We're counting on continued success and more great things out of them."


Varsity Girls’ Tennis

The varsity girls’ tennis team had a tremendous season, including its highlight win against Nansemond-Suffolk Academy and senior Kiersten Potter ’16 was named Collegiate’s undefeated player. “Kiersten perform tremendously well the entire season and was undefeated,” said Alfredo Rodriguez, head coach. “Our team was very strong and had great chemistry, which allowed us to perform better as a team from the beginning to the end of the season.”