Boys varsity volleyball beats Metea Valley for first win


Ali Ardehali

The boys varsity volleyball team gathers together at practice to discuss their plan for the upcoming game.

The boys volleyball team is preparing for their season, which is among the many spring sports ramping up at school. The team’s first game was held on Tuesday, March 20 at Metea Valley High School, where the boys won the match in the final set with an eight-point advantage.

The team started out slow, losing the first set by five points. However, the team rebounded for the second set, winning by four points, and eventually won the last set by eight to finish off Metea Valley, a team which they have not beaten in a while.

Some of this year’s top players include seniors John Zolpe and Danny Pineiro, as well as junior Cal Snyder, who helped lead the team to a win in their first game against Metea Valley.

“We have a natural talent level through the volleyball system,” said Danny Schaub, junior team member. “We think we have a really good opportunity to compete at State and Nationals.”

Although the team is still looking for a successful season, one of their main motivations for success is to improve upon last year’s results, in which they fell short in the State quarterfinals.

“We finished in the State quarterfinals last year and we have good expectations for this year because we are packed with talent and potential,” said Amit Puri, junior and team member.

In order to accomplish this goal, the team is looking to continue with hard work during practices.

“The seniors on the team are great leaders, and they show the team how to succeed. They have been through everything before,” Puri said. “We are a great team when we all play together and communicate.”     

As a result, the team looks to working working together to grow. 

“My season expectations are to win Sectionals and get a shot in the State final, win conference, and the grand majority of games we play,” said Marcus Gruvberger, junior middle hitter.  “I expect to grow together as a team and really have a good season, where everyone works hard and pulls their weight.”

The next major game is Tuesday, April 4, when the team travels to rival Lyons Township.