It's been a slow climb back to competitive volleyball for the New Milford High School program.

Yet coach Tony Nocera's Green Wave clearly accomplished it this fall.

NMHS several years ago had elevated itself to the upper echelon in South-West Conference and state competition.

However, the Green Wave fell dramatically from those heights in recent years and missed the league and state playoffs several consecutive seasons.

This autumn, coach Nocera and his disciplined net crew posted a 13-7 regular-season record, including a 7-6 ledger amid the rigors of SWC competition.

The Green Wave dropped its first SWC match back in mid-September to eventual league champ Joel Barlow, 3-0, but bounced back to win four straight matches and establish itself as a force on the SWC scene.

Overall, the NMHS girls won 42 games while losing 35.

Olivia Seegers distinguished herself with her performance during the regular season to earn a spot on the all-SWC team in voting by league coaches.

Season's end marked the close of the Green Wave net careers of seniors Amanda Aguayo, Samantha Courtney Hayley Dwy, Stephanie Fleet and Olivia Seegers.

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Norm Cummings

Photography by Norm Cummings