Under the guidance of the new head coach Darren Tsai, Northwood’s Boys Varsity Volleyball team is expected to impress this spring season after a successful preseason record of seven wins and three losses.
Through the diligence and hard work exhibited by each player during intense practices, the team’s skills have improved offensively and defensively, preparing them for league. In the recent months, the boys have developed a strong bond over a uniform goal of advancing to the CIF (California Interscholastic Federation) playoffs after league.
“I think we have a really great bond among all the guys on the team, and I think that it shows when we play,” sophomore Grant Sloane said. “Our seniors do a great job of setting a good example of the level of intensity and enthusiasm to play with.”
Leadership for this team expands beyond the coaching of Tsai as captain senior Declan Holder heads the team’s warm-ups and occasional drills.
“I plan on keeping these guys accountable to perform well and work hard, and I expect they do the same for me,” Holder said. “At the end of the day we all know this can be a high achieving team, we just have to put in the work while having some fun.”
With a packed season full of tournaments, team dinners and daily practices, the team dives into their season, setting new goals and bumping up the level of play. Although games against University and Corona del Mar will be a tough battle, according to Sloane, the boys are prepared and determined to fight for every win.
“I’m most excited to see where our potential really takes us, with a new group of young guys like Grant and Christian added to our team, it’ll be interesting to see how far we can really develop as a team,” junior Matthew Kim said. “We’ve got great chemistry and experience together as a whole, so hanging out at team dinners and tournaments will be great as well.”