Men's Volleyball
Boomer Elmsdale
Fri, February 16, 2024 at 05:02 AM
As the new season approaches, the Clovis East High School volleyball team is looking to continue their dominant streak in the TRAC, CIF Central Section, and D1 CIF Northern CA Regionals. With the return of strong senior players and the addition of promising juniors, the team is confident in their abilities and determined to bring home the titles once again. Led by senior standouts Gurshab Singh, Brady Durham, Tristan Moua, David Ocegueda, and Malaki Gaffney, the team has a wealth of experience and leadership at their disposal. These seniors have been instrumental in the team's success in the past and are expected to play a crucial role in leading the team to victory this year. But it's not just the seniors who will be key players for Clovis East. Juniors Michael Yang and Gordon Vang have also shown great potential and are expected to contribute significantly to the team's success. Additionally, Jared Cooper, a standout junior at middle blocker, has an important role to play with his impressive vertical jump and durability. When it comes to leadership, Coach Marcos Orro understands its importance in a successful team. He emphasizes the need for leaders who can make everyone around them better. The team will select their captains at the upcoming Varsity Retreat where they will also establish collective and individual goals, and go over the core values of the program. Building chemistry among the team is also crucial for success. The Clovis East team has a number of events and activities throughout the season to strengthen bonds and improve team dynamics. From weekly weight room competitions and on-court challenges to selecting MVPs for tournaments and alumni matches, the team understands the value of teamwork and camaraderie. But it's not just about physical prowess and teamwork, the mental aspect of the game is equally important. The team regularly discusses personal and collective issues that may be affecting their performance and makes changes if necessary. They also rely on visualization and meditation to achieve a higher mental state of competition. Coach Orro also points out the change in training approach the team has adopted in the past few years. They have focused on creating better overall athletes rather than just volleyball players, with the use of the Knees over Toes program and plyometrics. The results have been impressive, with a decrease in injuries and noticeable improvements in athleticism and vertical jump. One of the team's biggest strengths is its chemistry and mastery of the fundamentals of the game.