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Varsity Boys Volleyball Looks to Continue their Journey to Success

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After a successful first season in 2015, the M-A boys volleyball team returns to the court, eager to begin. The boys hope to become the first Peninsula Athletic League (PAL) champions in boys volleyball.

Ron Whitwill will join the Bears as head coach. Whitmill returns to M-A after coaching the girls volleyball team from 2012-2015 and leading the Lady Bears to two consecutive Central Coast Section (CCS) Championships. Whitmill is looking forward to working with the boys and being a part of the team’s journey towards success.

Last year the team completed its first season with an outstanding record (10-3). The team improved quickly from the start of the season and clicked by the seventh match which marked the beginning of a seven game winning streak.

Due to their success in 2015, the team will join the PAL Bay division this year. In the tougher division, Whitmill explains the team’s biggest rival will be itself. Whitmill emphasizes the importance of commitment: “[to] show up every day and play to the standards we set for our team.” His ultimate goal for the team is “to be the first [team] in the school’s history to be the PAL Champions in boys volleyball and to represent our school in CCS playoffs.”

Whitmill sees an abundance of raw talent and potentional from every player on the team. He noted the key players for the season are seniors Edward Falefa and Jack Posthauer, junior Bryan Kang, and sophomores Schuylar Knapp and Courtney Weintz. Although Knapp is of one of the team’s youngest players,“he is still arguably our [the team’s] most experienced player and [the team] will need his leadership.”

Senior captain Jack Posthauer looks forward to the opportunity to play “in the first ever PAL boys volleyball season. We look to work hard every day in practice and take the season game by game. We’re really lucky to have Ron as our coach; he has a rich history of winning everywhere he coaches. I’m really excited to see what we can accomplish!”

Come support the team on Wednesdays and Fridays as they continue to make M-A history.

My name is Elise Carlomagno and I am a junior at M-A. This is my first year in journalism. I am looking forward to expanding my writing skills and uncovering new stories. I have played volleyball at M-A for three years on the JV team and will be playing at Palo Alto Academy for the club season.

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