Successful Volleyball Season Ends in Short-Handed Playoff Loss
By Karen Ronka, Junior Writer
The Hillcrest Boy's Volleyball Team had a successful season having a record of 6 wins and 4 losses in the exception that they lost in their first round in the playoffs against Hunter College High School 2-0.
The team's star player Vindel Clarke was able to win the MVP award of the Seward Park Tournament, boosting the Hawk’s team spirit and adding some team spirit to the season.
The team lost in the first round of the playoff games to Hunter College High School. "We could have played better, but we were just short-handed," said star freshman Luis Pacheco. Several of the team members were not able to play because they were suspended for cutting class. The short-handed squad lost the playoff game, ending the season.
The Hawks won against teams from John Adams, Thomas Edison and Franklin K. Lane Campus. They also took some hits from Richmond Hill and Grover Cleveland.
The Hawks had a good season, but the team is still fully aware of what needs to be worked on as a whole. “Of course the passing could be improved, but other than that, I believe that me and my team hustle for our wins,” stated MVP player Vindel Clarke. On the bright side, the Hawks stated that they improved on their consistency of spiking which is a valuable skill that will gain them countless of points in future games.
Based on individual stats of the Hawks’ players, Vindel Clarke, the star player, had the most blocks (38) and kills (64) on the team. Other players on the team added on as a major help to their successes. Other players such as Luis Pacheco added on another 20 blocks and 23 kills, Navdeep Kundi with 8 kills, Mookesh Harilall with 15 assists, Herbert Cal Ortiz with an outstanding 116 assists, Colin Barrow with 18 blocks and 26 kills and Saleem Ali with 9 kills. The team works as a family and does what it takes to help them win, but also is not afraid to admit that they make mistakes and can work harder on certain tasks.
Although MVP player Vindel Clarke is a big help to the Hawks Volleyball Team, it is his senior year and he is on his way to college. He believes that the team may struggle a bit without him, but will get used to it and improve upon one another. “I feel like my team will have a tough time due to lack of experience considering the fact that some of our players are freshmen, but I believe that they will begin to improve over time because we have a lot of great players on the team overall,” stated Clarke.
Winning or losing, Vindel and his team is always in high spirit and doing their best to stay positive. They hope to win more games next season. “No matter what, we always do our best to support one another and hustle as a team,” said the Hawks.