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Boys volleyball slams their Prep League competition

Oliver Marks

The Polytechnic boys volleyball team is dominating the Prep League with an undefeated 8-0 record and a stacked team of high-level players. With an impressive overall record of 17-4, they stand tall at the top heading into playoffs in the upcoming week. Led by head coach Jack Prater, the team boasts a roster filled with experienced club players and several mature, level-headed senior players.

The team remains formidable with its potent offense and diverse skill set. Prater emphasized their offensive strength, praising sophomore setter Jack Gomez for his ability to find the right hitter in every situation.

“Our success comes from having a variety of strong hitters, so even if serve receive is shaky, he can find the hitters and put them in the position they need in order to score,” said Prater.

Despite their skill, the Panthers are still refining their team chemistry. Sophomore middle blocker Jad Ammar acknowledged the team’s experience but admitted to rocky chemistry throughout the season. In their Thursday, April 4 victory against Flintridge Prep, which they won 3-2, Ammar said, “It shouldn’t have been a close game and we need to focus on not playing down to a weaker team’s level.”

The Panthers lived up to Ammar’s statement on Wednesday, April 10 sweeping Prep 3-0 during their rematch. Senior opposite hitter Scout Hollingsworth echoed Ammar’s sentiment, emphasizing the importance of every player executing their role effectively.

“We win simply because all the players are good; everyone does their job,” said Hollingsworth.

The Panthers faced a challenge at the Saturday, April 13 Garden Grove Tournament, where they competed with only seven players. They suffered tough losses of 0-2 against La Serna High School and 1-2 against Elsinore High School.

Prater acknowledged their struggles, stating, “We’re a relatively small team and we headed into the tournament with only seven players. We don’t have some of the structures and plays needed to rebuild momentum in games and we need to work on turning the tide around and supporting each other more.”

The team is a formidable force with a lineup of talented, experienced players. By focusing more on strengthening their chemistry and team spirit, they are poised to excel even further in the postseason.

The Panthers host Bishop Montgomery on Thursday, April 25th for the first round of CIF playoffs.

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