By: Ryan Martin –
As the spring approaches, the more excited we get for the boy’s volleyball season. The Rebels, who went 6-4 last year and finished third in section, look to use the previous season as momentum for this year. After losing in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL playoffs to Beaver County Christian in 2017, the team believes that this year they could go all the way. But first they look to capture a section title.
Sophomore setter, Luke Manion says, “Compared to last year we have a lot of big hitters, who could really improve our chances at winning.”
Senior Defensive Specialist, Caleb Klemick says, “We’ve been preparing since a week after last season. We played in 70 games this winter, and we’re all playing really well together. We’re optimistic that we’ll get the section of even a WPIAL title.”
The Rebels have a few holes to fill since losing six seniors, and three of them being starters. They will also have to fill the hole of losing Michael Allen, as he looks to continue his lacrosse career instead of volleyball this year.
“Despite these losses, the team has stepped up this preseason and the payoffs have been apparent. Leaps and bounds were made in the skill levels of every single player”, said senior outside hitter Adam Rusnak.
Although there are a few spots that are lost, there won’t be any problems filling them. There will be nine returning seniors, Vini Santos, Caleb Klemick, Cullen Vereb, Dan Dixon, Mark Mitchell, Zach Horensky, Adam Rusnak, Robert Gigliotti, and Marcus Huetter. Senior transfer from Chartiers Valley, Kaleb Krebs also looks to play a huge in role in the success of the volleyball team.
We should also look for sophomore setter and part time hitter Luke Manion to make a huge impact, as well as junior outside hitter Chris Sigg. Freshman Nathan Zini, is another player that will be a game changer.
When asked about freshman Nathan Zini, Rusnak said,” He shows unrivaled strength on the court in almost every position and brings a whole new edge to the team.”
“I feel pretty confident that I’ve been prepared with all the practicing and playing at nationals”, said Nathan Zini when asked about how he feels about having such a big role as a freshman.
The official schedule has been posted for the season. The boy’s have worked hard all year and are itching to get their shot this year.