Benson, Westerfield take on senior leadership roles
By Andrew Marini ’13
“Although we didn’t place as well as we wanted to, I think it was probably the best season we’ve ever had as a program,” said head volleyball coach Mr. Tony Oldaniwith the season about to start.
As March rolls in, tryouts are over and Brophy volleyball looks to translate experience into success.
This year’s team is one of the most experienced team Brophy has ever had with all but one player having played club volleyball over the summer, as well as two returning starters.
The team will face its usual challenges when it takes on Hamilton, Gilbert and Mountain Pointe. However, according to Mr. Oldani, the real challenge lies with the rest of the schedule.
“We have at least 10 matches versus teams that aren’t very good and it makes it harder for us to get better,” Mr. Oldani said. “The team won’t face a real challenge until early April, which means when we do the team is going to have to be ready.”
“With Nick Benson ’12, the team’s leader and possibly the best player in the state, and Carson Westerfield ’12 who is another team leader we have developed really good chemistry and have excellent leadership this year,” Mr. Oldani said.
“Nick’s been a really good leader for the team and I know that when he does well everyone else thrives off of it,” said Scott Mueller ’13. “I think that the team this year is probably the best we’ve ever had and I am expecting us to make a deep run in the playoffs.”
The team has gained some national recognition by being part of many large tournaments.
The team will be a part of the “Best of the West” tournament this year along with many other California and Nevada teams.
“The tournaments will be a good way of making us an even better team,” said Jeff Bennett ’13.
The team will also be in a tournament in San Diego, and will be the first team ever entered into it outside of California.
The volleyball team will start up their season on March 6 when they take on their rival St. Mary’s Knights at Brophy gym.