Boys’ volleyball: Team struggles its way through season

April 23, 2009 — by Sulmaan Hassan and Amanda Yi

After 13 games, and working to improve, the volleyball team has fallen on hard times, with only a 3-10 overall record so far. However, the team can also fault in the fact that this year’s players were second-string players last year.

“We have no experience and we’re basically a totally new team,” said James Kim. “We have to find out how people play so we can adapt.”

The boys won their second match this season in a non-league home game versus Lynbrook on April 1, losing the first game but coming back and winning the next three.

“Lynbrook isn’t the best team, so our win doesn’t say much,” said junior outside hitter Daniel Chou. Like the Falcons, the Vikings only have three wins under their belt this season.

Two days later, the team suffered a quick three game loss against Mountain View, which has an 8-4 overall record.

“We didn’t even reach 20 points during any of the games,” said Kim.

On April 15, the boys suffered another loss to Harker by only 5 points. Although they won the first game 25-20, they came short in the subsequent three, the scores being 22-25, 22-25 and 21-25.

“They had their subs in for the first game and then put all their starters in,” said Kim, “so I’m pretty sure we had no chance.”

The boys walked off the court with their heads down further blaming their lack of volleyball training. They suffered another defeat on April 16, losing to Los Gatos in 3 games.

“We are all pretty much new to playing against such good teams, and we are definitely not prepared for it,” said Chou.

Although the team is lacking moral, they are slowly progressing in their skill level, as shown by the close scores in their most recent games.

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