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Boys’ volleyball on track for CCS

The boys’ volleyball team is making a strong push for a CCS bid, standing 9-0 in the El Camino League as of April 24 and having lost only set all season (that one to Los Altos). In order to make CCS, the Falcons must win league, which is a goal well within their reach.

“Based on how we played against non-league teams this year, we should be able to get pretty far into CCS,” junior setter Chester Leung said. “It’s pretty exciting.”

On April 24, boys’ volleyball played against Fremont High School. Although they appeared better than the boys expected, seeded higher than the boys’ thought, the Falcons still pulled together a relatively easy win of 3-0.

“Fremont was a bit better than the last time we played them, but it was a short fun match,” junior opposite hitter Spencer Yen said.

According to, which lists the national leaders of boys’ volleyball of the high school spring season based upon certain categories, several Falcon boys were nationally ranked in their respective positions as of April 24. Sophomore Joel Schneidmiller was sixth in the nation for kills and fourth in hitting percentage, and Leung first in assists.

Two days earlier the Falcons played Santa Clara, the last place team, winning 3-0. Like the majority of their other games, they coasted to the win.

“Santa Clara was really easy, and we were able to try out new plays,” Leung said.

The boys’ scored an easy 3-0 against Los Altos on April 17.

“[Los Altos] was at a huge disadvantage because their best player is injured, and they were supposed to be one of the favorites to win leagues this year along with us and Cupertino,” Leung said. “But since they lost their best player, their team has fallen apart.”

On April 3, the Falcons took on Cupertino, defeating them 3-0. According to Leung, the game proved to be easier than expected because of the absence of a star player on the side of the opponents.

We've been playing really well but the team wasn’t very good,” Leung said. “Cupertino was supposed to be good, but their best hitter wasn't there when we went.”

The day before, the boys played Menlo-Atherton and won 3-0. Based on their game play against other teams, Menlo-Atherton was supposed to be easy win, according to Leung.

“We beat them really easily the first set, but in the second and third set they were pretty tough. One game we let down so much so they almost beat us,” Leung said. “We just have to make sure we maintain a consistent level of play. That's the key.”

Due to printing deadlines, the Falcon was unable to cover the April 27 game against Leland, the April 29 game against Cupertino and the April 30 game against Wilcox. The team takes on King’s Academy on May 6.

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