Boys’ V-Ball Wins NorCal

Colette Wright, Staff Writer

Boys’ volleyball competed against Whitney High in the final round of Norcal championships at Dublin High School on May 26. The team took the Norcal title after four matches; in order to win, the boys had to win 3 of 5 matches.

Campo won the 1st match with the score of 25-17, but lost the 2nd match with a score of 22-25. The team won the last 2 matches 25-15 and 25-21, respectively.

This was the first year there has been a Norcal championship for boys’ volleyball,  making Campo the first boys’ volleyball team to ever win Norcals. Sophomore Charlie Mattox was proud of his team’s finishing place. “I feel we accomplished a lot and beat a really good team. It feels great to be the champions,” he said.

During the season, the boys had 2.5 hours of practice every day. “I think we are the hardest working team out there. We are more focused than the others,” said sophomore  Co-Captain Joe Worsley. According to coach John Vuong, the team sets great goals and expectations that they show in practice. Mattox also felt that the team was close to one another. “Although the team occasionally has struggles, we are close like family,” said Mattox.

Throughout the game, the team’s goal was to slow down the other team. “We were strong in our double blocks and we didn’t have 2nd chances. We were very offensive,” said Vuong. Worsley felt that the team had good teamwork. “The team played well together, we were comfortable as a team,” said Worsley.

The Norcal competition includes teams from all over Northern California. In order to qualify for the finals, Campo had to defeat Sir Francis Drake High and St. Patrick’s/St. Vincent’s High. However, despite these victories, Mattox said he was still intimidated by the opposing team. “The other team was a lot taller and had players in club that went to nationals. I thought the other team had all around great players but we were better. I think we prepared a lot better,” Mattox said.

Vuong attributes the team’s win to good technique and a strong offense. “We have great hitters on the team and we had better technique than the other team that we played,” said Vuong.

The game marked the end of the boys’ volleyball season, but the team looks forward to next year. “Our expections are no different from this year. Now our additional goal is to defend our Norcal title,” said Vuong.