Outlook on the 2023 Varsity Boys Volleyball Season

By Beau Cline

Today we will be taking a look at the Benicia High School Men’s Varsity Volleyball team, diving into their goals for this year, some of the adversaries they’ve gone through, and many other questions. Our First look will be with a key member on the varsity team for the last 3 years, our senior starting setter and captain Keanu Villanueva. 

Q) What unique skills and qualities do you bring to the team?

Keanu: I have very good court awareness, and my game IQ is off the charts. I’m constantly studying film to try and make sure that me and my team succeed on the battlefield of the court.

Q) What has been your biggest challenge as a varsity volleyball player? 

Keanu: I’d say it’s bringing my teammates up when they sometimes make mistakes, but the biggest thing is how you bounce back and how you react to the problem at hand.

Q) How do you foster a positive team culture and atmosphere?

Keanu: You know man I really want to win but sometimes it’s not about winning it’s about having a good time with my teammates, and brothers for life. We’re gonna bounce back from every lost point and come back stronger after each loss.

  Our next Interviewee’s will be senior Joseph Yoon, and senior Miguel Figueroa. This is Joe’s first year on Varsity and will be playing Libero. While Miguel is  playing his second season as a variety outside hitter.

Q) What is your greatest strength and weakness as a volleyball player?

Joe: My greatest strength would have to be playing as a team, and making difficult digs.

Miguel: I’d say that my biggest strength is getting the maximum kills that I can.

Q) What do you find to be the most rewarding part of playing volleyball?

Joe: Just winning as a team. Like I said before, at the end of the day it’s a team sport so when we get those wins together it feels pretty good.

Miguel: I’m here to hit some clips and get the W at the same time!

Q) How do you stay focused during long practices and games?

Joe: For me I like to listen to music and try to talk to my teammates to stay dialed in and make sure we’re all on the same page.

Miguel: I don’t really need help, I normally stay locked in the whole time. I don’t really have a problem with that because this is my second year on varsity and I’ve played plenty of matches with my club team so I’m always ready.

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