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A look into boys volleyball’s league preparations for success

Andrew Le
SPIKING TO SUCCESS: Sophomore Abhi Shrivastava prepares to score a point in their preseason game.

With the official start of the Pacific Coast League approaching, boys volleyball is busy on the court preparing for their first league game on March 15.

This year, more emphasis has been put on a different aspect of the game during training: their dynamic. Given the importance of the team aspect of volleyball, players need to be able to communicate and work effectively with each other. During training, the team has been focusing a lot more on watching themselves on film to see how they can improve and work together. 

“The team dynamic is definitely always something that you have to try to improve upon,” boys volleyball head coach Brendan Geck said. “It’s always a challenge, and you always have to work towards it.”

In the 2022-23 season, varsity boys volleyball lost a close tiebreaker match to break up a three-way tie for second place in league. Despite the disappointing finish, the experience proved to be valuable for their current season.

“Our team last year had a lot of solid fundamentals,” senior Nicholas Chan said. “I really feel like that’s helped us so far this year too.”

Even with the loss of two of their key players earlier this year, the team still strongly believes that the work they’ve put into improving their team dynamic is paying off.

“We all agreed to mutually work on our team chemistry so everyone’s locked in,” sophomore Hamza Elgenbi said. “Off the court, we’re all friends, so that helps.”

With the start of their league season approaching quickly, the team hopes to not only qualify for CIF, but also to advance through the bracket and make Northwood history.

“We’re hoping to make it further than we have before,” senior Tyler Truong said. “Two years ago, we made it to quarterfinals to CIF, and this year we’re hoping to make it to at least semifinals.”

The team is already on track to meet their goal, seeing great success so far with a strong winning record of 10-6.

Be sure to root for boys volleyball in the gym on March 15 for their first league match of the season against Woodbridge High School.

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About the Contributors
Zoe Yan, Staff Writer
Zoe Yan is a sophomore staff writer for The Howler with an unhealthy love for anything sweet. If she isn’t practicing on the golf course or at school rereading assignments she already turned in, she’s probably in her room in the middle of a 10-game losing streak in bullet chess.
Andrew Le
Andrew Le, Photographer
Andrew Le is a Northwood Junior and a photographer for The Howler. He spends his time trying to catch up on F1 (and watching everyone try to catch up to Max), listening to music, riding bikes, or sleeping.

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