Our boys not only said goodbye to another volleyball season last Tuesday in a hard fought 2-3 loss against Bishop Montgomery, but also said goodbye to nine seniors graduating this year. Despite their CIF loss, they ended Golden League on a strong note, placing 2nd after both varsity and JV bested Eastside with varsity beating them in all three sets.
Matthew “Panda” Chapron, a senior on JV, was the first senior to be introduced. Panda, #7, has played two years of volleyball, both on JV. He recalled that his favorite memory was when Arvan hit the ball with his chest during a game, and the people who supported him most were Arvan and Memo. Panda plans to attend either AVC or COC to become a nurse after high school.
Middle blocker #8 Arvan Ashley has played volleyball for two years, both on JV. His favorite memory was when he killed the ball against a late block and the other team said, “Dang Armando, you just got dunked on.” The person who supported him the most was Panda. Ashley also plans to attend the same colleges as Panda and become a nurse after high school.
The first senior on varsity introduced was outside hitter #1 Malcolm Hicks. Hicks had played volleyball for four years and his favorite part of season was the warm up music. After high school, Hicks plans to study kinesiology and become a volleyball coach.
#12 Makeen Yasar has been playing varsity volleyball for the past two years at middle blocker. His favorite memory was when the team sang the infamous chant, “Everybody say sausage, keep it going!”, and the basketball coaches next door heard them. Yasar said he appreciated all of the support he received that season, and plans to attend LMU to become a doctor after college.
#21 Hunter Douglas was a captain for varsity this year, as well as his sophomore and junior years. He has been playing volleyball for six years at setter and opposite hitter. His favorite memory was beating the Palmdale boys volleyball team after they were talking trash. After high school Douglas plans to play volleyball at Santa Monica community college and eventually transfer to play at a D1 school.
#14 Tyler Martin was the other captain of the varsity for the last two years. Martin has been playing volleyball for three years at middle blocker. Martin plans to attend California State Bakersfield to become an engineer, but still hopes to pursue a collegiate career in volleyball either their or possibly at another school.
This was #10 Memo Ortiz’s first year playing volleyball. His favorite part of season was the cheers they did in japanese, and Ortiz plans to go to Oklahoma after high school to train to be a pilot.
#20 Daniel Bird has played volleyball for two years, this year being his first full season on varsity. A strong middle blocker, Bird plans to go to BYU Idaho, or go to a junior college in Utah in order to continue playing then transfer to BYU Utah.
Last but not least is Mario Patrick #44 who has been playing volleyball for three years. His favorite memory from season was when Paraclete believed they all spoke and played in japanese. Almost all of the the players said that it was Patrick’s unwavering support that kept them going this year. Patrick also plans to attend Santa Monica to pursue a volleyball career with Hunter.
We wish our boys the best in all of their endeavors after high school, and we also hope to see them succeed in volleyball at the college level as well.
By Avianna Lambert