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Junior varsity boys volleyball conquers Lynbrook in two sets

Connor King (9) leaps into the air to block a hit from the Vikings. Originally losing their first face-off against Lynbrook in two sets on March 13, the Eagles have improved significantly since the beginning of the season. (Eva Cheng)

The junior varsity boys volleyball team defeated Lynbrook in a two-set sweep, 25-18 and 25-22, on March 29.

The Eagles started the first set with the serve, immediately winning the point off a mis-hit from the Lynbrook Vikings. Opening the match with strong offensive energy, Harker widened their early lead, with back-to-back spikes from middle Ethan Gu (9) and outside hitter Connor King (9) putting Harker ahead 12-6 and forcing a Lynbrook timeout.

The Eagles scored the first point out of the timeout, with a decisive ace by libero Dillon Ho (9). His teammates on the bench broke out into a cheer, chanting “A-C-E, Ace!” in encouragement. Trailing by a 7-point margin, the Vikings called their second timeout.

Emerging with vigor to match Harker’s energy, Lynbrook blocked numerous attempted spikes, breaking the Eagles’ momentum and mounting a comeback. Scoring the next four points, Lynbrook began to narrow down Harker’s advantage. With Harker locked at 23 points, the Vikings went on a 3-0 run, forcing the Eagles to call a timeout.  A final kill by David Tang (9) won Harker the first set, 25-18.

Junior varsity boys assistant coach Greg Baker attributed the team’s success to their willingness to take risks with aggressive swings throughout the game.

“I’ve been trying to get it in their heads to take swings,” Baker said. “Don’t be afraid of getting blocked or hitting out, and it worked really well.”

Harker won the first point to open the second set, but Lynbrook rivaled their intensity, sustaining a narrow lead and returning each of Harker’s hits. Locked into a back-and-forth rally, Ethan leaped into the air for a crucial block, giving the Eagles a slight lead, 16-15. 

Serving specialist Bazigh Tahirzad (9) complemented his teammate’s ability to adapt to new roles after teammates’ injuries. 

“Both of our middles weren’t here, but Ethan managed to fill in the position,” Bazigh said. “He did very well seeing that he doesn’t normally play middle but he learned how to play it very quickly.” 

For the rest of the set, Harker held onto their slim lead, with kills from Connor and David setting them on the path to victory. A mis-serve by the Vikings earned Harker the 2-0 win, 25-18 and 25-22.

Originally losing their first face-off against Lynbrook in two sets, on March 13, the Eagles improved significantly since the beginning of the season.

Setter Brandon Labio (9) reflected on how the team was able to bond with each other over the past month, their collaboration manifesting as combinations on the court, which allowed them to bounce back from their previous defeat. 

“We definitely played like more of a unit today, and we were able to huddle after each point,” Brandon said. “That really helped us connect better.”

With a current league record of 2-4, the junior varsity boys volleyball team will compete against Homestead in the Zhang Gym on April 12.

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Eva Cheng
Eva Cheng, Reporter
Eva Cheng (10) is a reporter for Harker Aquila, and this is her second year on staff. This year, Eva hopes to learn more about her community through interviews and interactions with students and faculty. Outside of class, she loves to play soccer, read, and spend time with her friends and family.

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