Men’s Volleyball Sets Their Course for the New Season
By Lukas Hoffman
For Northsiders looking to join a new spring team sport, make sure to consider volleyball as an option. The season goes until late may, giving any student a perfect after school activity for the remainder of the year. Northside Men’s Volleyball offers a chance to not only learn a classic sport but to make friends with teammates and become involved with school. Varsity members like Marcus Tschoe, Adv. 006, can often be seen in the hallways representing their team, sporting their volleyball spirit gear and making their team known. “I think team spirit is very important,” says Tschoe. “It helps us get in the mood for our games and for our season, and lets people know who’s on the team.”
Players like Tschoe are gearing up for the start of the season and are waiting with anticipation for practices to begin in early March. The volleyball team practices every day after school in the gym, where the players can be found executing drills and improving their skills for rigorous games. “At the beginning of the season, our practices are mostly balanced in terms of drills,” says team captain, Alex Chavez, Adv. 900, who has played volleyball since his freshman year. “We try to get as many reps as we can for every skill, such as passing, serving, hitting, and setting. During the season, we try to base our practices on what we need to improve from the previous game.”
For team members like Chavez, this year is looking to be one for the books. “We have a much stronger team this year, with nine returning varsity players. Our team should be around 12-14 players in total,” says Chavez. “I think that we will have more success as a program this year than last. Two years ago we made it to the city final and lost to Lane in three sets. Last year, unfortunately, we went out in the first round of the city playoffs.” Tschoe agreed with Chavez, and said, “Having more returning players this time around means that we understand each other better, which will hopefully result in more wins this season.” Nevertheless, the team will have to work hard to achieve their goals for this season.
One thing every team member agrees on is how much fun volleyball is. For Chavez, the highlights of the season are in the games. “The best part of volleyball is rallying back during a set and gaining enough momentum to win it. Volleyball is more of a mental game than anything, so any time you get a streak, you need to do your best to keep it going, and not slip up.” Tschoe, on the other hand, prefers the bond team members create with one another. “My favorite thing about volleyball is the fact that we are a close group, and when one of us is not playing well, we support and pick each other up,” said Tschoe. “Knowing everyone has your back when you're not at your best definitely makes it a better experience.”
For those who are even considering volleyball, the captains are encouraging them to try out. “To anyone who wants to join men's volleyball,” said Chavez, “I would encourage them to try out for the team, even if they have no prior experience, especially if you are an underclassman.” To get in contact with the team, feel free to email any one of the three captains: Donovan Holt, Adv. 907, (firstname.lastname@example.org), Liam Connors Adv. 008, (email@example.com), or Chavez (firstname.lastname@example.org). Any one will be happy to answer questions and hear your thoughts for this year’s team.