Boys Volleyball Team Does More Than Play

May 12, 2023


Photo by Photo courtesy of Uriel Velazquez-Leon

Seniors Alexis Martinez, Keven Florido and Uriel Velazquez-Leon taking a picture with their volleyball coach Leo Anaya as a farewell to the seniors.

The boys volleyball team, coached by Residential Faculty Leo Anaya, has had a rough season, but they still tried their best to win their games and managed to pull through with just four wins for the season.

Some of the older boys on the team had played volleyball in their junior and sophomore years and were more experienced this year. Their experience helped newer boys become motivated to play volleyball.

Leo appreciates how passionate the boys were about playing volleyball. Throughout his time coaching, Leo felt like he had developed a deeper connection with the players.

“Coaching volleyball is a passion for me,” Leo said. “I can actually feel the bond with these kids.”

Many players felt the same way. By quickly making friends, the freshmen learned to be more open with others.

“The volleyball team is very accepting and motivating,” said freshman Jason Martin. “I really feel like these are the people that I can talk to without any problem.”

Jason said the team improved in several areas such as communication, perseverance and leadership by the captain, Senior Uriel Velazquez. Like any other sport, volleyball players may get injured. Senior Keven Florido, whose ankle bone snapped during a game, simply brushed it off.

“Despite the injury, it still doesn’t stop me from playing the sport that I really enjoy,” Keven said.

The volleyball team members were great examples of determination in the face of obstacles. Players said that the positive team vibe has pushed them to strive to become stronger in the future. With only four wins throughout the season, including a tight 3-2 victory at an away game against DCP El Primero on March 2, the volleyball team ended its season with a Senior Night loss on May 4 at home against Wilcox, 3-0.

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