Attached to the wall in the team room are the quotes. The ones that Ridgefield High girls volleyball head coach Lidania Cibere found either online or in print before the season began. The ones from different sources — opposing coaches, players, fans — that relayed a variation of the same theme: Ridgefield wouldn’t be as good this season.
To some extent, that thought wasn’t unwarranted. Although the Tigers reached the conference semifinals and the state finals (for the first time in program history), several top players had graduated, including All-State selections Elizabeth Middlebrook and Katie Linekin.