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Volleyball hopes to continue successful season, win state with senior leadership

Photo by Cory Wyman ’16 – Jack Rauch ’16 prepares to hit the ball, preventing it from touching the ground. Varsity Volleyball played Kellis, April 14, winning with a score of 25-4, 25-13, and 25-15.

Henry Erlandson ’16

The volleyball team was 11-1 through the midpoint way of the season and hopes to continue that streak.

“We are very talented in that all but two of our guys play club,” said head coach Mr. Tony Oldani. “Andrew Lincoln’s (’15) play has been better than what we expected.”

The team managed to get its first big win in a match against Desert Vista early on in the season.

After winning their first big preseason tournament, the team won all of its seasonal games except for their match against Hamilton and just came back from winning a tournament in Las Vegas against the reigning champions from California.

“We usually start slow but we were unbelievably good the first night,” Mr. Oldani said of the team’s play.

The team also played well at the Chandler Wolf Howl Invitational, with some of Brophy’s seniors like Cole Hermann ’15 and Lincoln becoming elite players in the state, Mr. Oldani said.

Carson Flood (’15) holds the team together with his leadership,” Mr. Oldani said. “They really trust and respect each other so problems tend to not fester.”

Flood noted that their first loss against Hamilton really showed the team that they would have to work hard to win state and it motivated them to play harder.

“We have the experience, hard work and ability to fight through adversity,” said Mason Zwillinger ’15.

One of the team’s most recent victory came against a strong Sandra Day O’Connor squad on April 9 at Grand Canyon University.

“The boys never gave up fighting. We had great passing from Nagaki, Flood and Randolph all night,” Mr. Oldani said.

They defeated Notre Dame Monday, April 13 during their run to win the state championship.