Boomer Elmsdale
Thu, February 22, 2024 at 05:02 AM . California
Thank you for your support! As another school year begins, the Sonora High School boys' volleyball team is gearing up for what promises to be an exciting and challenging season. With their eyes set on becoming a playoff contender, Coach Charles Belvin and his team are focused and determined to bring their A-game every time they step out on the court. When asked about his overall goals for the team this season, Coach Belvin emphasizes that it's not just about winning games, but also about establishing Sonora as a competitive team in the league. In order to achieve this, he stresses the importance of honing the team's skills and staying focused on their ultimate goal. Returning to lead the team this season is outside hitter Travis Kaufman, who has been an offensive powerhouse for the past two seasons. Kaufman's experience and leadership skills make him a valuable asset to the team. Another key returner is Miguel Marquez, a strong defensive player who also displays great leadership qualities. Along with Kaufman, Marquez has been named one of the team captains for this season. Adding to the team's strength are some new faces, including transfer student Orion Stephens from Mater Dei. Coach Belvin believes that Stephens' left-handed play and sophomore talent will be a valuable asset on the right side of the court. Essential to the success of any team is team chemistry and camaraderie, and Coach Belvin has plans in place to build this among his players. "We do team bonding activities like attending college matches," he says. "Watching high-level volleyball together not only helps the players bond, but also inspires them to aim for that level of play." Staying motivated and pushing themselves to their full potential can be challenging for any athlete, but Coach Belvin believes in the philosophy of 'you get what you earn'. He encourages his players to work hard and put in their best effort, both on and off the court. As for the team's schedule, Coach Belvin acknowledges that while there may be some easy games, there will also be tough opponents and challenging matches. He is particularly looking forward to playing against Troy and Sunny Hills, which will test the team's skills and determination. As the team's schedule and opponents may change, the team's strengths and weaknesses remain consistent. This season, the team's strength lies in their multitude of offensive options, with more than five players capable of being go-to attackers.