By Yrenly Yuan,
The spotlight was on seniors Andre Foster and Cliff Tsai on the May 8 game against Elk Grove, where the Blue Devils took down the Thundering Herd in 3-1 sets.
Co-coaches Jordan Friend and Ron Duer say that they are proud of the strides that their seniors have taken.
“Cliff started the season with little to no volleyball experience. But to be able to come in and start tonight, in a really tough and important match for us, shows how far he’s come,” Friend said.
About Foster, Duer said that “He’s really tried to learn the ins and outs of the game, and he really shows it with the kills he gets and how much work he’s put into practice.”
Both coaches agreed that their seniors are valuable leaders to the team, especially on the court.
“Cliff is the loudest person out there, which is what we need,” Friend said.
“We have really great leadership on the team, especially with Andre and Evan Meerscheidt as captains,” Duer added.
Foster hopes to continue volleyball in college, but is unsure of where he would play. Tsai does not want to play competitive volleyball in the future, but “maybe just some casual pick-up games with friends.”
Tsai did not originally plan to try out for the varsity team, but said that his friend junior Milton Hong persuaded him to try volleyball conditioning.
“I’m so glad I gave volleyball a shot. I’m going to miss everything after the season is over,” Tsai said.
Foster said that he loved how “volleyball is a sport of the next play. Because no matter what happens, you always have the next play,” and that he is most proud of his team’s 8-2 record in the league.
The team will have at least one more game before the season ends; they will play Ponderosa away on May 15.