Boys Volleyball Preview
“This season we want the chip,” said Max Kern (‘18). “We want some hardware.”
After a hard fought loss last year in the championship game to ACIS powerhouse Brooklyn Friends, boys varsity volleyball looks to reclaim the title despite suffering some key losses from last years team.
“After losing our two captains George Benz (‘16) and Charles Ogunsuyi (‘16), we definitely are in the rebuilding process,” said Michael Dickey (‘18). “We have a few returning players but hopefully some new guys can contribute to our team and the fun of volleyball.”
With communication and chemistry being vital to success, the team looks to re-establish what they had a year ago and add even more to the culture of the team.
“Unlike other sports, one player can’t make a team in volleyball,” said Noah Salmon (‘17). “No team can really have a player that carries the team like LeBron or a Messi. It’s more of a team sport, where everyone has to be playing well together. The team chemistry is unlike anything I have experienced before playing any other sport. My teammates become part of my family and which makes playing even that much more enjoyable.”
Coach Stephanie Rapciak facilitates the team culture and chemistry though her laid back approach.
“Most Spring season sports, in my experience, have a more laid back vibe about them,” said Coach Steph. “The end of the school year becomes nearer, the weather starts to get warmer, and moods are lifted. Weather aside, I try to create an atmosphere where the athletes can learn and grow to be mature volleyball players, while also having fun in the process. It is this reason why I started holding a few practices at Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park last year, so the athletes could experience and appreciate another side of the sport.”
Four-year player Harry Slattery (‘17) elaborated on the relaxed culture of the volleyball team.
“You can be dirty at [volleyball] and still not be a jock.”
“I recommend volleyball to anyone,” said Mike. “It is actually responsible for some of the best times I have ever had.”