Despite last year’s failure to make the playoffs, the boys volleyball team aims for a spot in the playoffs as team chemistry has become stronger after a rebuilding season.
The team returns eight players, including senior Geoffrey Wang, who is expected to lead the team on and off the court. Key returning players junior Lan Jiang (middle hitter), sophomores Kevin Teng (hitter) and Raymond Li (outside hitter) are expected to have an impact on the team’s success.
“Last season was more of a rebuilding season because the roster changed drastically,” junior Kevin Chang said. “We lost all of our senior starters and our returning players switched over to the co-ed team.”
Last year’s practices were mainly focused on developing fundamental skills and identifying each player’s strengths and weaknesses, but this year, the team looks to practice to compete on a high level.
“This season we will focus more on strategy rather than skill,” coach Amanda Cook said. “Everyone has improved their skills so now we are able to focus on team chemistry and maximizing our strengths.”
According to junior Eric Lee, the team has had conflicts on and off the court as players were confounded by the lack of team chemistry and experience.
“The entire team was trying to find its niche on the court but it was difficult to do so because we had trouble communicating during games,” Chang said.
Cook is confident that the team will be able to reach the playoffs and compete among the top teams in the county. Consistency with passing, setting and serving, along with learning to place the ball on the court will be emphasized throughout the season.
“I am excited to compete with other schools but really more anxious to see how much our team has grown throughout our rebuilding season,” Jiang said. “This season we do not fear any other high performing teams because now we are no longer in the rebuilding phase, but rather looking to excel.”