Boys’ volleyball drops Westlake match


Serving it up!: Outside hitter Justin Eitner ’18 serves the ball in the first set of the match. Credit: Jackie Greenberg/Chronicle

Jackie Greenberg

The boys’ volleyball team dropped a 3-1 match to Westlake at home, Tuesday night. The Wolverines’ current records are 3-4 in league play and 4-6-1 overall.

“We focused on trying to play our game,” outside hitter Justin Eitner ’18 said. “Obviously the speed of [Westlake] was different so we practiced with faster sets and had coaches serving at us. We did a lot of jump serves during practice.”

After the team won the first set 25-23, the team was quickly defeated in the second and third sets 11-25 and 15-25, respectively. During the fourth set, the team communicated more in attempt to win the set and continue onto the final set. The squad dropped the fourth set 22-25.

“Teamwork and talking on the floor helped us win the first set, and I think we need to bring more intensity throughout the whole game to help us win more matches,” outside hitter Jasper Richards ’20 said.

With five games left on the team’s league schedule, the squad hopes to redeem themselves and their overall record. As setter Chester Ranger ’18 makes his return to the team, the squad looks toward improvement as they near the midpoint of their season.

“We need to do a better job focusing on specific strategies and executing them during games,” middle hitter Griffin York ’19 said.

The Wolverines’ next match April 17 will be at home against Loyola, a team they previously dropped three sets to.

“One thing the team needs to do more is communicate more – on and off the court,” York said. “We also need to adapt to our opponent’s disadvantages and use them to our advantage during the game.”

Pictured left to right: outside hitter Jasper Richards ’20, middle hitter Cole Welch ’19, and outside hitter Tony Navarro ’18 blocking a hit from the Westlake Warriors. Credit: Jackie Greenberg/Chronicle