Boys Volleyball places 2nd at Tustin tournament
After ending last year’s season with a record of 11-11, Northwood’s Boys Volleyball is hoping to impress and improve as the new season progresses.
The team has been working hard and currently has a record of 6-3, winning against Tustin, Mission Viejo, Paloma Valley, Thousand Oaks, Katella, and Santiago but losing to Crean Lutheran, Tesoro, and El Toro. In their third game of the season, the Timberwolves were able to pull through, winning three sets to one against Mission Viejo.
“I felt like it was the first time that we came together and played as a team,” junior Declan Holder said. “Everyone had a really good day and the chemistry was just there.”
The Timberwolves have been training hard in preparation ever since the beginning of this season. Their practices comprise of passing, blocking and diving drills—all of which help the players build on their game-winning team chemistry.
“The season has been a solid start,” head coach Brian Emery said. “We just took second place in a highly competitive tournament and lost to Santa Margarita in the finals. We have a lot of talent in our team and are trying to find the right match ups within our roster to achieve the potential. Practices are very focused and our goal is to get better everyday. We are striving to identify our weaknesses after every match and to work on improving on them.”
After leading the team through these strategies and drills, Emery says he really looks forward to this season especially after their recent tournament success.
“The tournament was a success for us,” sophomore Matthew Kim said. “Despite being down players, we fought hard and won three matches on Friday, and carried the momentum to win another two critical matches against Canyon and Pomona Valley. Although we lost to Santa Margarita 26-24, we played hard and stepped up our game this tournament. Shoutout to Cody Herman for bringing the energy day in and day out.”
Northwood won second overall in the Tustin High School Varsity Boys Volleyball Tournament and they expect more big wins like these as the season goes on.
“I think that this group of guys is really talented,” junior Brandon Raymundo said. “They are the most talented group of volleyball players I have played with, and once we get in sync with each other, I believe we will be a fun team to watch—as well as a hard team to beat.”
The Timberwolves are working hard to bring back another win as they play Beckman at Beckman High School tonight.