School Sports

Boys’ Volleyball’s Promising Season Cut Short

by Nick Borgia

Public Relations Manager

Prior to their season being postponed due to the Coronavirus, the LGHS Boys’ varsity volleyball team was off to a spectacular start. Los Gatos finished comfortably in the first place spot in league with a 9-0 overall record. The Wildcats dominated each and every game, making it clear that they had what it takes to make history for the boys’ volleyball program here at LGHS, and it is a shame that this superteam might not get a chance to finish their season.

The team kicked off its season with a huge 3-0 victory against Mountain View on Feb. 26. The Wildcats, likely fueled by their excitement to test their weapons against a real team, destroyed the Spartans, even winning one of the sets 25-11. Los Gatos carried this momentum into the Watsonville High School tournament on Feb. 29, where they went 4-0 and took home a first-place plaque.

The Wildcats’ first real test came on Mar 6. when they faced off against the defending NorCal State Champion Monta Vista squad. However, the Matadors were still no match for Los Gatos, with the Wildcats securing their 7th win of the season with a 3-0 sweep. To make a sweet victory even sweeter, seniors celebrated their first career win over Monta Vista, a team that they had never beaten throughout their time in high school. 

Junior setter Kyle Ngyuen is undoubtedly the foundation of the Los Gatos offensive power, providing solid and consistent sets to his teammates. “We have great teamwork on the court and a determination to be first in our league,” Ngyuen stated. “For all of our games, we know that we have the ability and should beat the other team.” On top of that, senior middle blocker Luke Vindasius has led the league with a hitting percentage of .614. When Vindasius and Ngyuen sync up, which has happened in nearly every single game this season, the duo simply destroys defenses, leaving teams with no answer to their power.

Los Gatos went on to record two more victories before the season was postponed due to COVID-19. With school set to resume on April 13, the Wildcats are hopeful that they will be able to pick up where they left off and work towards claiming their league title. But they plan to go further than that. Seniors on the team are heartbroken at the fact that this dream season could be over because of COVID-19. Senior outside hitter Kyle Young, who plays a huge role on serve receive and defense for the Wildcats, would hate to see his years of hard work and dedication go down the drain. “It makes me want to come back even harder,” said Young. “Having an undefeated season postponed is frustrating, but it just makes me want to come back and beat the next team that much more.”

While no plans are currently set in stone for when SCVAL-De Anza Volleyball League resumes, you’d better believe that Los Gatos will return with the same fire and intensity that they started the season with. The Wildcats have goals that they will stop at nothing to achieve.

 

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