By: Jennifer Perez
Our Men’s Varsity Volleyball team recently had a 3-day tournament, the Lancer Invitational, hosted by Salpointe Catholic in Tucson, on the dates of April 5-7.
It was a tough competition for our Men’s Varsity team, but they were prepared for what was about to happen. “We have been working on our defensive positioning, and our ability to close the block. The tournament gave us a great opportunity to work on both of those things against fast-paced offenses,” said Coach Fox.
Owen Clark, a senior on the team said that the tournament “made the team better. We played some really crazy teams that have been established for a longer time than we have, so playing those teams showed us what we can do and it has helped us with the games after.”
Although the scores at the end of each game were not as expected, our Men’s Varsity team continued to put hard work in every game. “Some games I was satisfied with the score because we played with as much as we can play with, but overall I was happy,” said Clark.
“I was satisfied with how we played, I feel like we could’ve done a lot better, but I knew that we were all giving it our best effort out there,” Michael McGehee, a sophomore on the team, said.
In the first couple of games, the team performed well against really competitive teams, but the scores were falling downhill, being 7-25 and 10-25 against Salpointe Catholic (tournament games were best of three sets.“The hardest part was probably when we would get on a series of not scoring, and just getting super frustrated with ourselves, but we fixed it, and we definitely got better from it,” said McGehee.
The team maintained perseverance and demonstrated great improvement in the last couple of games. They definitely learned and got better from the first few games. The team came to a close win against Casteel with the scores being 21-25 and 18-25.
McGehee, stated that “Our game against Casteel on Saturday,” was the best game they had, in his opinion, considering that they were a really good team and how close they were with them.
This tournament was a learning experience for the Men’s Varsity team. Take the words from the senior player, Owen Clark: “If we keep battling through, and keep our heads up, we have a better chance of beating any team than just giving up.”