Teen Titans: Local volleyball club keeps skills sharp

  • Several local volleyball players are members of the New Hampshire Titans club team. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Several local volleyball players are members of the New Hampshire Titans club team. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Several local volleyball players are members of the New Hampshire Titans club team. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Several local volleyball players are members of the New Hampshire Titans club team. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Several local volleyball players are members of the New Hampshire Titans club team. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Several local volleyball players are members of the New Hampshire Titans club team. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Several local volleyball players are members of the New Hampshire Titans club team. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Several local volleyball players are members of the New Hampshire Titans club team. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Several local volleyball players are members of the New Hampshire Titans club team. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Several local volleyball players are members of the New Hampshire Titans club team. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Several local volleyball players are members of the New Hampshire Titans club team. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Several local volleyball players are members of the New Hampshire Titans club team. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Several local volleyball players are members of the New Hampshire Titans club team. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 4/5/2019 1:25:35 PM

A select group of local volleyball players spend their spring Sundays in the gym honing their skills. 

Jaden Horrocks of Greenville, Elizabeth Spaulding of New Ipswich and Breyenne Carrier of Wilton play for the New Hampshire Titans 18U team, a Milford-based volleyball club which seeks out the toughest competition New England has to offer. 

“I think the girls are here to hone the skills that they have, I think part of it is cost, because we’re a nonprofit and a lot of [programs] aren’t, and we just want the girls to have fun and play volleyball,” said Titans head coach Jeremy Philbrick. “That’s what we do.”

Horrocks and Spaulding hope to make the most of their upcoming senior season as Mascenic varsity players. 

“Going into our senior year in high school, we want it to be a good one and we want to make it far, so keeping up with this is important to me,” Spaulding said. “I want to make it further, I want to win.”

Horrocks is a year-round volleyball player looking to possibly continue playing in college if she can find the right landing spot. 

“I don’t like to stop playing,” Horrocks said. “It’s my sport...It’s the only thing I do all year round. High school, club, beach in the summer and then it’s right back to high school again.”

Mascenic girls’ volleyball head coach Missy Salo is set to reap the rewards of the Titans’ hard work; aside from Horrocks and Spaulding on the 18U team, several more Mascenic players are on the Titans’ 16U team and all will come into the high school season this fall with a wealth of playing experience. 

“I've seen nothing but benefits from doing extra work in the offseason and especially at that level,” Salo said. “The ones who are going to put in the work in the offseason are going to be your better players. You can tell the difference. These guys walk in and you can tell they've been playing –  it never leaves them.”

Philbrick echoed that sentiment.

“The more you touch the ball during the offseason, the better you are going to be when it comes time to play the regular season,” Philbrick said. 

While Horrocks and Spaulding work toward a strong senior season, Carrier is simply looking for an outlet to play the sport she loves. Carrier attended South Merrimack Christian, and played for that team, but after her sophomore year, she chose online homeschooling. Homeschooled student-athletes are permitted to play sports for their local public high school, but Carrier lives in Wilton, and Wilton-Lyndeborough’s high school had to disband its volleyball team several years ago due to low turnout. 

Carrier’s older brothers, Ty and Trey, both played AAU basketball and saw that experience translate to successful high school careers at WLC and, eventually, spots on college rosters. With their encouragement, Carrier sought out a club team, found the Titans, and hasn’t looked back.

“Getting back into [volleyball], I missed it a lot,” Carrier said. 

The Titans face a lot of good competition as they travel New England for a series of five tournaments throughout the spring; they’ve won a few outright and took second at the competition hosted by North Shore in Boxford, Massachusetts last weekend. And despite not really knowing any of their new Titan teammates before joining up, the girls are making fast friends.

“Besides Jaden, I didn’t really know any of the girls, and I’ve definitely gotten more comfortable with them, and they’ve become my best friends,” Spaulding said.

The Titans will play one more regular season tournament on Sunday and then ready themselves for the championship in May.


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