Boomer Elmsdale
Fri, February 16, 2024 at 12:02 PM . California
The Clovis East High School volleyball team is gearing up for another exciting season under the leadership of Coach Marcos Orro. With the goal of winning the TRAC, CIF Central Section, and D1 CIF Northern CA Regionals, the team is ready to take on tough opponents and showcase their skills. In this preview article, we’ll dive into the team’s players, strategies, and goals for the upcoming season. Leading the team this season are seniors Gurshab Singh, Brady Durham, Tristan Moua, David Ocegueda, and Malaki Gaffney, along with juniors Michael Yang and Gordon Vang. These returning Varsity players have a prominent role on the team, with Singh standing out as a 6’5’’ Opp with D1 potential. Vang is also a standout player, regarded as one of the top 3 setters not just in the area, but possibly in the entire state. The rest of the seniors have developed as top outside hitters in the area, while Yang and Vang round out the strong group of returning players. Coach Marcos Orro also has high hopes for new player Jared Cooper, a junior who will be taking on a significant role as a middle blocker. Boasting a great vertical jump and impressive durability, Cooper is expected to make an immediate impact on the team. When it comes to leadership, Coach Orro looks for qualities such as strong communication, the ability to motivate and make others better, and a drive for success. The team’s captains will be selected at the upcoming Varsity Retreat, where they will establish collective and individual goals, go over core values for the program, and select team leaders. Building and maintaining team chemistry and camaraderie are top priorities for the Clovis East High School volleyball program. They use various events throughout the season to cultivate a strong bond, including a Varsity Retreat where they set goals and go over values, weekly competitions in the weight room and on the court, and an alumni match at the end of the regular season. To motivate his players, Coach Orro focuses on establishing individual goals and reminding them of them daily. The team also has a group chat where they share motivational quotes and speeches and conducts individual and group meetings to evaluate progress. This season, the team’s biggest challenge has been preparing for a strenuous schedule. They will compete in five tough invitational tournaments in addition to facing strong opponents in the pre-season.