Boys Volleyball
Boomer Elmsdale
Fri, February 16, 2024 at 05:02 AM
As the boys' volleyball season at Mclane High School approaches, all eyes are on Coach Casey Yang and his team. With a passion for the sport and a dedication to developing not just athletes, but individuals, Coach Yang has high expectations for this season. In an exclusive interview, Coach Yang shared his goals, team strategy, and the strengths and weaknesses of his team. Coach Yang's primary goal for this season is for the boys to be competitive and learn from their mistakes. As with any sport, there will be losses and setbacks, but Coach Yang believes that how the team responds to these situations is crucial. He emphasizes the importance of not being stubborn and being able to move on to the next game, no matter the result. More importantly, he wants his athletes to develop skills that will benefit them beyond the sport, such as communication with teammates and coaches, which will translate to the workforce in the future. When asked about the top returning players, Coach Yang immediately mentions Juan Rios and Brandon Martinez. Rios, a senior who attends Duncan Polytechnical High School, plays a crucial role as a middle, needing to be quick on his movements to close blocks on opposing hitters. He is also a big part of the team's offense, able to kill the ball when needed or serve as a decoy to create opportunities for his teammates. Martinez, a junior who attends Mclane High School, was a starter in varsity as a sophomore and has continued to excel as an outside hitter. His role has expanded this year, as he is expected to lead the team and help not just his teammates, but others involved in the program as well. Coach Yang also expects juniors Noland Sibonheung and Darhyne Yang to make an immediate impact on the team. As setters, their ability to set the ball to hitters and switch tempos when needed is crucial. Ken Vang, a libero, is described as scrappy and always knowing where to be when receiving hits from the opposing team. Leadership is a crucial aspect of any successful team, and Coach Yang places great importance on this quality in his team captains. He looks for athletes who not only lead by example but also won't give up on their teammates. He values players who continue to give 100 percent, even when things are not going their way.