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Rebuilding year for boys volleyball at EDSS

The boy’s volleyball season is under way at EDSS, and the results have been mixed. The senior boys are off to a 0-5 start, while the junior boys sit at 3-2.

Both coaches, however, are optimistic about the direction the teams are headed. The junior team is full of rookies, while the senior team lost all of its starting five players from last year’s squad after graduating last June.

“We’re a young team, and a lot of guys haven’t played organized volleyball before,” said senior coach Adam Hiller. “Four or five of our starters have not played before, but our goal is to just get better each game.”

And that steady improvement is important for the team as it makes its way through the regular season. Every team makes the playoffs under the current format, but the weaker teams are always matched up against the stronger clubs.

GETTING SET FOR THE MATCH Junior team member Keaton Weiss (left) practices a spike while teammate Callum Johnson attempts to block it.

“We win some games, we just can’t put it all together for all three games of the match,” the coach noted. “They know they’re playing teams that are a little bit better, but the guys are having fun and that’s the key.”

The junior squad is undergoing similar growing pains, but with slightly better results. As of Wednesday, the team had gone 3-2, and coach Sarah Gerth has already seen enormous growth in their performance.

“They didn’t win a game last year, so we’re pretty proud that we’ve already doubled our record,” she said with a laugh. “For me they’re just a really cohesive group of kids. With these guys they spend time together as a group which really impressed me, and it shows on the court. They help each other, correct each other and they take constructive criticism from each other, which is a really good sign.”

The junior team is very inexperienced; there are only two grade tens on the 14-man roster, which Gerth takes away as a positive both for this season, and for next.

“I think next year it’s going to be a different ball game,” she says, referring to the level of experience the team will have following this season.

“They’re hustlers. And every team we have played against, the coach has come up and said ‘Wow, your boys move.’ Whether that’s because they fear me, I’m not sure, but they definitely work hard and as far as I’m concerned that’s the name of the game.”

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