Men’s Volleyball Has a Bumpy Start to The Season
By Yonatan Derbew
Northside’s Men’s Volleyball team faced off against Steinmetz at home on April 1. The Mustangs lost both sets to Steinmetz with a score of 15-25 and 17-25. The score shows how the Mustangs showed improvement in the second set through their communication and teamwork. They were more synchronized and had better flow in the second set. There was a play in the second set where the Mustangs were able to recover from a spike and passed the ball before Donovan Holt, Adv. 907, lobbed the ball back deep, securing the point for the Mustangs.
The game was originally scheduled to start at 4:30, but Steinmetz had delays with its transportation, which caused the team to arrive an hour and a half late at 6:00. The game soon commenced at 6:30. With Steinmetz came the team’s peers, who crowded into and filled the stands. However, Steinmetz fans were not alone in the bleachers; the Mustangs’ JV team, Mustang parents, and Northsiders came to cheer Northside on. The crowd played a big role in the game by staying attentive and encouraging their respective teams.
Last year’s team had a disappointing season. Fresh off of losing its starting lineup, the team was unable to win a single game all year. Team captain Alex Chavez, Adv. 900, said, “We lost some of our core players last year and that hurts us. Fortunately, we still have core players from last year returning and our new players are improving and maturing.” This year’s team shows promise to improve on last season. It has a majority of its varsity players returning which will improve team chemistry. These players also help mentor and guide the new players who are looking to earn a spot on the team.
The Men’s Volleyball team may not have had much success last year, but the current team members are putting in the work to improve on last season. Although the group lost some key players, it has new ones who are looking to fill the places of last year’s seniors. “With our new players looking to improve and our veterans mentoring them, I feel that we can go far this season.” said Chavez. If you want to catch the team practice after school, you can stop by the gym after 4 p.m.