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Men’s Volleyball: Setting Up For Success

A pinch of hard work, a dash of dedication, and a ton of fun — the recipe for success on the Christian Brothers Men’s Volleyball team. This is a team that not only knows how to win, but also knows how to have a blast while doing so. The team has experienced success in the past […]

mens volleyballA pinch of hard work, a dash of dedication, and a ton of fun — the recipe for success on the Christian Brothers Men’s Volleyball team. This is a team that not only knows how to win, but also knows how to have a blast while doing so.

The team has experienced success in the past and even made it to the section semi-finals last season. The boys are led by captains Marcus Cepeda (’17) and Sergio Castillo (’17). They have started off strong so far and have many expectations for further accomplishments as the season continues.

“It’s a real joy to see how far our team has come in such little time,” libero Justin Dacanay (’17) said. “We only expect to grow from here, and winning isn’t a goal — for us, it’s a standard.”

The boys have set many ambitious goals for themselves, including beating their formidable rival, Jesuit, and even winning a league title as so many other sports have done this year. Outside hitter Joseph Nazareno (’17) even has dreams of a potential section championship.

“We’re going to go all the way this year. Just watch. Just wait for it,” he eagerly grinned.

Apart from the success, the team’s camaraderie and group dynamic is truly amazing and unique among athletes.

“I know our team is one of the closest teams on campus,” Justin confidently stated. “Our team is a mixture of different people, each bringing our own quirks and characteristics to the group to make it what it is.”

“Our team is one, big, happy family,” Joseph agreed. “We’re brothers, and we give each other a lot of support.”

The team is clearly tight-knit, but does this closeness have a positive effect on their game? Both Justin and Joseph seem to think so.

“[Last year], after a game or practice in which I did extremely miserably, they didn’t focus on my awful playing. They focused on me,” Justin recounted. “They picked up my slack and helped me without even talking about it. They are the kind of guys you’d love to have your back — on and off the court.”

“We’re here to be competitive, but also have fun,” Joseph comments. “And with this team, you can have both.”

So, come out and support your boys this season. They’re an exciting team to watch and cheer on. 10 out of 14 players are seniors, so make sure to savor their final season as Christian Brothers Falcons.

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