Brookfield East boys volleyball team has rare combo of youth, experience
Spartans return eight letterwinners
The Brookfield East boys volleyball team will have that rare combination of youth and experience.
"We will be young with no seniors on the roster, but not inexperienced," coach Tim Owen said. "We return six players who played in the sectional semifinal a year ago."
Owen will have eight returning letterwinners, eight juniors and two sophomores and two promising newcomers.
Returning juniors are Mark Abuls, Matt Klassen, Josh Schmirler, Graydon Schroeder, Adam Wessel and Jared Wilgus. Tyler Parker and Matt Szews are returning sophomores.
Newcomers to watch include junior Luke Bartsch and freshman Nicholas Watry.
Owen then turned to Rudyard Kipling to describe his team.
"As the year progresses, roles will form, but I think Rudyard Kipling said, 'For the strength of the pack is the wolf and the strength of the wolf is the pack,'" he said. "I think this quote sums up our team really well. Everyone gets along. It's a tight knit group.
"Our strength is that we have six different players that we can go to to get a kill. We should be strong defensively and have solid ball control."
Owen also likes his team's attitude.
"It's a fun group to coach," he said. "They all really enjoy the game of volleyball. Collectively, the team is made up of a bunch of strong leaders who are tremendously coachable and have a passion for the game.
"They want to get better, and when you have a team with such traits, they normally reach their full potential whatever that may be. As a coach, you can't ask for anything else."
The Spartans take part in the Kettle Moraine Invitational at 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
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