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April 11, 2024

Boys Volleyball all year long team

Student and teachers explain the year round volleyball team
Jesus Alvarez

  The Sanger High School boy’s volleyball team has played a crucial part in the athletic program for 35 years. Being an all-year sport with the addition of club volleyball, they have accomplished many accolades. Since the hire of coach Scott Okada, he has been the first to get over 400 wins in Sanger High history. 

     “It is amazing to know that our work has led to success. We measure that success in a variety of ways though. It isn’t just about wins and losses. We also consider the way our athletes enjoy the experience, the relationships that we build. The memories that we make, and the improvement that each group makes along the journey. If we positively impact each other’s lives, we know that we have met our goal,” says Coach Okada. 

     It is great and refreshing to have a coach that not only cares about wins, but also their players’ experience and health. There is a reason coach Okada is part of the winning lifestyle. 

     Senior student athlete, Trent Navo, says,“Winning and being a part of the program I’ve been around since I was a fifth grader is what motivates me.”

     A crucial reason the athletes are doing this well is due to their experience. Having over six years of experience will definitely increase your chances of success.

     “For practice, we start with down-ball progressions; then to separating defenders and middle blockers/setters, then ball control; and then we do serve/serve receive until the end of practice,” said Josh Alverez. 

     Knowing that practice is crucial in a sports team, students put in their best effort everyday which pays off in the long run. 

     “I have enjoyed a lot of great moments over the 17 years that have been a head coach here at Sanger High. Our Division 2 NorCal State Regional Championship is definitely a highlight, but I think just seeing some of my former players become outstanding men and members of our society stands out even more. The chances we have to get back together at events and alumni games stand out even more because our relationship is truly special,” says Coach Okada.

     Spoken like a true coach. Scott Okada takes pride in his coaching and really cares about his relationship with his athletes.

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