Boys’ volleyball comes up short in title hunt


Maria Rico

In the first matchup with Ranch San Juan, outside hitter Jesus Acevedo goes up for a spike against two blockers. Acevedo carried the team with the most hits and kills throughout the match, which they lost 2-3. “I knew that I could have performed better but I’m overall proud of my performance,” Acevedo said. In the rematch, the team got revenge at home, winning 3-2.

This year’s boys’ volleyball season started off strong with a 6-0 start. The team was strong and had good chemistry, but struggled with communication throughout the season. 

After going 6-0, the team faced Rancho San Juan and although the sets were back and forth, the Trojans were unable to close out the fifth set, and got their first loss. “After the Rancho game the team was definitely not positive,  everyone was really down,” setter Max Magaña said.

The team bounced back, winning the next two and setting up a showdown with Seaside during spring break. The team was missing key players (setter Max Magaña) due to them being out of town, making the rotation fall out of order. Without their key setter, Jesus Acevedo stepped up to be the setter, but the team had to give up a powerful front row hitter and back row passer. The shuffling didn’t work and the team fell 1-3. “I believe we struggled mostly because we didn’t have me hitting and because I am not used to being a setter. We had less offensive power against Seaside,” Acevedo said. 

Despite the setback, they went on a four game win streak before their rematch against Rancho San Juan at home. The boys were under immense pressure and knew that they couldn’t afford another loss if they were going to stay in contention. 

The Trojans had a rough start but ended up winning 3-2 in the fifth set by 4 points. “I would classify my team as an unstoppable force that couldn’t be reckoned with,” Joab Murillo said. 

In the final game of the season, a rematch with Seaside, made the boys in charge of their destiny. A win would create a three way tie for the league title with Seaside and Ranch. 

The match went five sets, but the Trojans fell 2-3 and finished in third place at 15-3. Although the team didn’t make the impact that he expected this season, Coach Ramos was beyond proud of his team. “We have a really young team, most of our players are sophomores and freshmen, next year is our year to take home the league championship,” Ramos said.