By Daisy McKim,
HUB Staff Writer–
With a roaring crowd and a supportive coach, the Davis High men’s volleyball team pulled out a win on Friday February 22, over the visiting Yuba City Honkers.
During the first game, it was obvious both teams were a little rusty. Spikes soared over backcourt and rotations on the floor were executed confusedly. The jitters didn’t last long though, and after a close 25-23 win in the first game; the Blue Devils hit their stride.
In game two, senior Daniel Bonetti kept the team upbeat and in the game with great blocks and kill shots that made Yuba City flinch. Despite a late comeback by Davis High, the Honkers pulled out their only win on the night, 25-22.
Sophomore Nick Simons kept the team’s defense strong with countless digs and returns, while junior Don-Wook Shin, the team’s setter, initiated a number of great offensive plays.
Hard hitting senior Sam Manderfield led the team on a number of scoring runs, and helped secure an easy 25-9 win in game three.
The fourth and final game ended with a quick 25-16 Blue Devil victory after Yuba City seemed to loose hope.
The team’s outstanding communication and match-winning teamwork disguise the fact that last night’s game was Davis High’s first men’s volleyball match of the season. In fact, much of the team had never played in an official match before!
“Some of our players have never played before, so this was their fist experience,” coach Julie Crawford said.
Junior Andre Foster is one such player.
“It was my first game, and the atmosphere was very different … but the fans got up and were cheering and it was really fun!” Foster said.
Following the win Crawford said, “I’m really excited for this season … we’re only going to get better. I was pleased with how they played, and with the win, I couldn’t be happier.”
When asked about his expectations for this season, Foster said, “playoffs,” with a smile.