Learning in progress for men’s volleyball

Steve Trader

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This season may best be summed up as a learning and building year for the Mesa men’s volleyball team. Inexperience may be the culprit an overall record of 1-14 and a conference record of 0-9. It’s a team that includes only two returning sophomore players, combined with the fact that only one current player has any previous volleyball experience.

“It’s just a very young team,” said head coach Angela Rock. “It’s tough to say much with the record that we have, we just focus on the positives.”

On the bright side of having a nearly all freshman team is the team chemistry that builds from playing 2 years of volleyball together, which may produce the reversal of their current record next year.

With the most experience of any player, Freshman Justin Conde is a co-team captain and leads the team in kills. He carries the team, according to Black, and will most likely end up with MVP honors. But he doesn’t do it all himself. At. 6ft. 4, Freshman Andy Silveyra is the teams best blocker and an offensive weapon. Sophomore co-captain Will Capistrano is the main setter and holds the team together as a returning player.

The Olympians don’t have a post season to look forward to, so they get to play the spoiler for any team that does. They play their last home game Wednesday, April 18 where they will honor their exiting sophomores in a ceremony after the game, and then begin building for a more prosperous next season.

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