Men's Volleyball
National Spring Preview Series Admin
Thu, February 15, 2024 at 13:42 PM
The Clovis East High School varsity volleyball team has had a history of success over the years, winning the TRAC, CIF Central Section, and D1 CIF Northern CA Regionals. This year, the team is looking to continue their winning streak with a strong roster consisting of returning varsity players. The senior players, Gurshab Singh, Brady Durham, Tristan Moua, David Ocegueda, and Malaki Gaffney, will have a prominent role this year. Coach Marcos Orro describes Singh as a player with D1 potential, standing at 6'5" and playing as an Opp. Junior player, Gordon Vang, is also a top setter in the area and possibly in the state. The team's three OH players, Moua, Durham, and Ocegueda, have developed into some of the top players in their area. Another key player to keep an eye on is Junior Jared Cooper, who will play an important role as a MB. He is known for his impressive vertical jump and durability on the court. Together, these players bring a wealth of experience and leadership on the team. Coach Orro emphasizes the importance of chemistry within the team. To improve it, the team participates in various events throughout the season. This includes a Varsity Retreat where captains are chosen, collective and individual goals are established, and core values are reviewed. The team also has weekly competitions in the weight room and on the court, as well as selecting MVPs for invitational tournaments. To further promote team bonding, the team also holds a Spike a thon and Alumni Match, where former players come back to challenge the current team. They also reach out to elementary and middle schools in the area, allowing Varsity players to mentor younger players and instill their team's culture in the younger generation. Individual goals are also emphasized on the team, and the players are reminded daily of them. Coach Orro explains that the team has a group chat for sharing motivational quotes and speeches, as well as conducting individual and group meetings to track progress and determine the team's direction. In the past, the team faced challenges with having fewer players who were involved in club volleyball, resulting in the need for additional open gyms and scrimmages to develop skills. However, with over 90% of players now playing club, it has become easier for the team to prepare for the upcoming season.