Boys' Volleyball is ready to pull the cat out of the hat in the second round of SPC games.
After going 7-9 (2-1 SPC) with 13 games on the road, Boys’ Varsity Volleyball gets a fresh start on October 4th versus Episcopal in the second round of SPC zone counter matches. The Knights are the only team in SPC South to have defeated the Mavericks despite both teams scoring the same number of points. St. John’s won their district openers against St. Mary’s Hall and Kinkaid.
The Mavericks will finish their regular season schedule at home starting with the Knights next week, followed by Barons on 10/20, and the Falcons on 10/25.
Hoping to take advantage of the home court and the return of 6’ 4” middle blocker William Trieschman ’14, St. John’s has an opportunity to repeat as South SPC champs and grab a number one seed at the conference championship.
“Having played these teams before is big advantage,” said new assistant coach Kayla Riggs. “It’s all on film and we know the tendencies of our opponents-- if they are likely to hit angles or line shots, and who is best served to get in their way. We also have a couple of new looks just in case.”
So far the duties of blocking their opponents’ shots have been on the hands of 6’ 5” Paul Labanowski ’16, but with Trieschman back in the line up, the Mavericks deliver a duo on defense also known as “Thing One” and “Thing Two.” Blocking the airways, Trieschman (One) and Labanowski (Two) are starting to create chaos and give Ryan Schick ’14 and Andrew Chung ’14 time to set kill shots to the middle big men or to outside hitters Jason Shyu ’13 and Matthew Kreutter ’14.
“It feels great to be back,” said Trieschman. “We are excited about going forward, and we some secret strategies up our sleeves.”
“Home court is a huge help,” said Head Coach Mike McCrary. “Episcopal filled their stands in our last game and we need a Maverick crowd to have a chance.”
With over a week off between games, the team is sharpening its edge by going back to the basics and finishing.
“We need to be crisper on our sets, and practice more pressure situations,” said McCrary. “With Coach Riggs on the staff, we have a former D1 player on the court who knows how to compete.”
“Coach Riggs is a great person,” said Trieschman. “She makes us laugh while challenging us every day.”
As St. John’s gets ready for the final stretch of the season, they will need all things from their fans, players and coaches, plus a couple of cats in their hat of tricks to take the SPC South number 1 seed and have a chance to “steal” a championship in Fort Worth.
Sam Chambers – Athletic News