Volleyball Boys “Killin’” It

October 27, 2017

 

 

 

Not many people know of our boys volleyball team and their success over the past few years. Our Truckers have gone to Regionals two years in a row with almost a whole new set of players in 2015. The team lost eight out those 14 players in 2016, leaving just enough for a starting line up, consisting of six players.

   

The team, however, gained new players, some coming out for their very first time to fill any holes they felt they had in their line-up. In 2016, the team’s trip to Regionals was cut short by Colonial Heights, just one step away from competing for the state championship and ending the regular season with a record of 8-5 and regional record of 3-3.

   

This fall, the team retained seven of the 14 players from last year’s roster. With the new changes to the districts, they’ll have to compete against teams from out of conference to gain points for each win -- three points for a victory against a 4A team and seven points for a victory against a 5A or 6A team.  

   

Name: KeSean Patillo

Jersey#: 2

Likes: Tacos, White Tigers, Food in general

One thing you dislike: Bad calls

Other sports: Baseball, Swimming

How long you’ve been playing: 3rd year, Junior

Hope to accomplish: Win the state championship and get a ring

Something you like about volleyball: Getting kills

Coach Comment: He’s funny and learns quick

 Name: Alexander “Alex” Moody

Jersey#: 8

Likes: Soccer, travelling, and Winning long games

Dislikes: Carrying calls

Other sports: Soccer

How long you’ve been playing: 1st year, Sophomore

Hope to accomplish: Get good serves in every game

Something you like about volleyball: Getting my digs for back row passing

Coach Comment: He’s a cool coach aside from making us run stairs

 Name: Benjamin “Ben 10” Coker

Jersey#: 10

Likes outside of volleyball: I like going out and that type of thing

Dislikes: Double calls

Other sports: I don’t play anything else at the moment

How long you’ve been playing: 2nd year, Sophomore

Hope to accomplish: Become the #1 setter on the team

Something you like about volleyball: Setting everywhere but backwards

Coach Comment: “He loves to make us run”

 

 

Name: Brennan Ashe

Jersey#: 16

Likes outside of volleyball: I don’t really play soccer for a team but it’s fun

Dislikes: Putting each other down

Other sports: Soccer (kinda)

How long you’ve been playing: 2nd year, Junior

Hope to accomplish: Win against Heritage

Something you like about volleyball: Getting in intense games

Coach Comment: He really believes in us

 

 

Name: Elijah “Eli” Wilshire

Jersey#: 11

Likes outside of volleyball: I usually just like to chill or work on soccer

Dislikes: Bad sportsmanship

Other sports: Soccer

How long you’ve been playing: 3rd year, Junior

Hope to accomplish: I hope we’re going to beat Heritage to be #1 going to regionals

Something you like about volleyball: My serves are always pretty good

Coach Comment: He’s good at helping us adapt

 

 

Name: Allan “Gray”

Jersey#: 12

Likes: I play soccer when I’m free

Dislikes: Nothing really

Other sports: Soccer

How long you’ve been playing: 1st year, Junior

Hope to accomplish: Win with my team

Something you like about volleyball: I’ve never played it before

Coach Comment: He teaches me something new everyday almost

 

 

Name: Isaac “Mr. Morrisson” Morrisson

Jersey#: 1

Likes outside of volleyball: Soccer

Dislikes: No teamwork

Other sports: Football, Soccer

How long you’ve been playing: 5th year senior

Hope to accomplish: Win states and make all conference (district)

Something you like about volleyball: Keeping the team up

Coach Comment: He just started last year and already went to regionals twice

 

 

Name: Nathaniel “Nat” Morrisson

Jersey#: 7

Likes outside of volleyball: Soccer and watching sports

One thing you dislike: Jerseys

Other sports: Football, Soccer

How long you’ve been playing: 3rd year Sophomore

Hope to accomplish: To become regional champions and make all-conference

Something you like about volleyball: Seeing my name online for doing good

Coach Comment: He’s good at adapting after losses

 

 

Name: Rontre “Pope” Pope

Jersey#: 4

Likes outside of volleyball: Basically Basketball

Dislikes: Losing

Other sports: Basketball

How long you’ve been playing: 4th year, Senior

Hope to accomplish: Win regionals and go to states

Something thing you like about volleyball: Winning

Coach Comment: He’s cool and keep us up in games

 

 

Name: Zytaviah “Luhh Quick” Quick

Jersey#: 3

Things you like about volleyball: It’s fun, It’s different and I just like hitting

One thing you dislike: Practice times

Other sports: Basketball

How long you’ve been playing: 2nd year

Hope to accomplish: Become regional champions, and get a chance at states

Thoughts on next year: I don’t know if I’ll play next year but you never know

Something you like about volleyball: Blocking

Coach Comment: “He’s cool peoples”

 

 

Name: Revindi “Melvin” Louis-Pierre

Jersey#: 18

Likes: Clothes, Teamwork, Soccer

Other sports: Soccer

How long you’ve been playing: 1st year, Senior

Hope to accomplish: Keep winning

Something you like about volleyball: It’s fun

Coach Comment: He’s my soccer coach too so I gotta do good

 

These 11 players together make up the boys volleyball team and 11 out of the 11 players asked said they have a really good shot at going to region and state tournaments. This year the top opponent in the district is Norfolk’s Heritage High School, the same team that beat them last year to go on to states. That being said, that will be a showdown to see between the two top teams in this district to see who goes on to become regional champions. I’m willing to bet this year our boys are ready to win it all!

 

 

Photos: Aniyah Smith

 

 

 

 

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