Anderson setting up teammates, Geese for success

Being a setter in volleyball is similar to being a quarterback in football, or a point guard in basketball. On nearly every play, the setter will touch the ball and try to make the right play. Wethersfield senior Tess Anderon plays that role about as well as you can.

The left-handed Anderson dished out a school-record 766 assists as a junior and already has 267 assists through 14 games this season.

When the Lady Geese won the Geneseo Invite Saturday, Anderson filled up the stat sheet with 99 assists, 27 digs and 14 kills in five games.

Between two seasons on the JV team and now one-plus seasons with the varsity, the teams that Anderson has played on have a combined 96-3 record.

For her soft hands that lead to perfect sets for teammates, occasional taps over the net for kills and helping continue a winning tradition, Wethersfield’s Tess Anderson is the Star Courier’s Athlete of the Week.

  

What grade would you give your team through the first 14 games?

“B. We’ve been working really good together, but there’s always room to improve.”

 

After dropping the first set to Geneseo Saturday, what adjustments did your team have to make?

“Geneseo is a big, blocking team. When we were hitting, we had to find openings to score because they’d block everything.”

 

Have you always been a setter and where does your feel for the game come from?

“I’ve always been a setter since seventh grade. I always looked up to Sam Culver (2017 WHS grad). She was really good at reading the court.”

 

How much does it help you having powerful hitters like Mackenzie Lindstrom and Brittney Litton?

“They make my job look very easy and they help me get assists.”

 

Have you made more of an effort to tap the ball over on two hits this year?

“Yeah. We can’t always set to the outside because they know where it’s going, so it’d be very predictable. Tonya (coach Vincent) always tells me to be unpredictable and maybe set it over and catch them off guard.”

 

Was there any added pressure being undefeated last year and do you think your team will be tougher this year having a loss and playing tougher teams?

“Definitely. I think if we lose, we should see that as a good thing, because we can learn from those moments. Being undefeated was a lot of pressure, knowing if we lose one game we’re done. We didn’t know how to lose yet.”

 

How does this year’s team compare with last year’s?

“I feel like we had more hitters last year, but this year, we work better together so I think we’re better all around.”

 

How close is this senior class?

“Very close. We’re literally all best friends.”

 

How far do you think this team can go in the postseason?

“Hopefully we’ll win regionals and I guess we’ll just have to see how far we go in sectionals. It’s kind of unpredictable at that point. Whoever comes out and plays better that night wins.”

 

Getting to know Tess Anderson . . .

 

Favorite restaurant –– LaGondola

Favorite class –– Physics

Favorite TV show –– Vampire Diaries

Favorite type of music –– Country and rap

Favorite sport –– Volleyball

Hobbies –– Hanging out with friends, watching Netflix or Youtube

Family –– Parents, Kim Ellenberger and Jim Anderson; Siblings, Bryce Anderson, Emma Ellenberger, Kirsten Hager, Deborah Hager and AJ Ellenberger