National Spring Preview Series Admin
Thu, February 15, 2024 at 11:40 AM
As the San Dieguito Academy High School men's volleyball team prepares for a new season, there is both excitement and anticipation for a team that has undergone a significant transition. With the departure of 15 seniors last year, this season brings the opportunity for a younger group of players to step into leadership roles and make their mark on the court. We had the chance to speak with Coach Taylor Hoff about the upcoming season, and he shared his thoughts on the team's strengths, areas of improvement, and overall mindset for the season. One of the primary focuses for the team this year is to maintain the same level of competitiveness and drive for success despite the fact that many of the players are younger and have limited varsity experience. Coach Hoff's intention is for the team to adopt a "reload mentality," approaching each game and practice with the same intensity and determination as they did in previous seasons. This mindset will be crucial in helping the team overcome any challenges and compete at their best. Among the players, there are a few names to keep an eye on. Stevie Olson, a senior and team captain, will be stepping up into a leadership role as the starting setter this season. Having served as the backup setter last year, Olson has the experience and skills to guide the team and lead by example. Junior Henry Wegener will also be stepping into a new role as the primary libero for the team. With his contributions as a defensive specialist last year, Wegener has the responsibility of controlling and calming the defense and serve receive this season. Don't miss out on the young talent on this team either. Sophomore 6'3" outside hitter and opposite, Chase Estrin, has a powerful arm and a great block that will make him a valuable asset on the court. Despite his age and limited varsity experience, Estrin's competitive nature and supportive attitude make him a great addition to the team. Another young talent to watch is sophomore 6'0" setter, Trevor Anderson. Coach Hoff sees great potential in Anderson and believes he has the ability to make his mark and earn a spot in the starting lineup throughout the season. Junior 6'4" Andrew Paul brings a balance of solid blocking and hitting skills to the team, as well as showing strong leadership qualities on the court. With his contributions on both ends of the court, Paul will play a key role in the team's success this season.