Boys volleyball sets off solid start, aims for playoffs

By By: Donald Kim-staff writer

The boys volleyball team kicked off the season with an impressive win over Whitman March 23, but suffered two consecutive losses against Rockville March 25 and Kennedy April 7.
 The Bulldogs easily defeated Northwest 3-0 April 9 but lost to its rival Wootton 0-3 April 14 as Wootton’s strong offense dominated the defense. CHS redeemed themselves April 17 against Northwood as they won 3-0.

“Wootton had tough servers and it took us a while to start building our confidence against them,” head coach Amanda Cook said. “We had a few moments of hustle, which led to some impressive plays on our part.”

In the game against Rockville March 25, the team lost a close game of 2-3 because of a minor mistake that rooted from miscommunication on the court.

“It was the last offensive chance for us but because we misinterpreted the game plan we lost a crucial chance to score,” sophomore Kevin Teng said. “Both [junior] Kevin [Chang] and I thought that we were receiving the set from Eric so we failed to carryout the play.”

Inconsistency has been an impairment in the team’s strive to reach the playoffs. Players could not perform with the same energy and tactics in the game against Kennedy April and were defeated 0-3.

“Sometimes our passing is smooth but not up to par, which leads us to be inconsistent throughout the game,” junior Kevin Chang said. 

Despite the absence of senior outside setter Geoffrey Wang, junior Matthew Lu filled in as the Bulldogs defeated Whitman 3-0.

“Matt was flexible and able to take Geoffrey’s position,” Chang said.

In addition to the strong leadership of Wang, sophomores Raymond Li and Teng have been  crucial parts of the team’s success this season. Li and Teng have played in club teams and attended many All-Star camps to develop as stronger players. Their hard work shows this season.

“Raymond and Kevin are the players we count on to make the big plays,” Cook said.
Working to improve consistency in carrying out plays and better communication during games will be what the team will focus mostly in the season. Cook still has high expectations for the team and is hopeful that they will be able to reach the playoffs.

“We have the skills to be at the next level,” Cook said. “We are working on meshing as a team and to use our strengths to become a better team.”