BT Boy’s Volleyball Team Midseason Report

Stephen Lu

The Bergen Tech JV team huddle during its match against Teaneck on 4/18
The Bergen Tech JV team huddle during its match against Teaneck on 4/18

The Bergen Tech Boy’s Volleyball team now just past the midpoint of its season, and after a strong start, they are trying to get back on the winning track. After starting off the season on April 1 with high hopes and goals, the team has demonstrated vast improvements from previous years.

The team started off the season with a 4-0 record, doubling the win total from all of last season. News spread around the league about the promising start to the season. After a loss to Clifton, the top seed in the Big North-Liberty league, the team went on another three game winning streak and extended its record to an impressive 7-1. Even at this point, the team was not satisfied and desired even more success.

“Although our recent performance may have been surprising to other teams, I know that we are still capable of even more,” said JV team captain, John Kim. “There’s still a lot more volleyball left to be played.”

A loss to Fair Lawn, one of the top teams in the state, left the BT team with a record of 7-2. Even though the losses to Clifton and Fair Lawn were somewhat to be expected, given the reputations of success that these teams have, the BT team still desired a better outcome.

In regards to playing these top teams, varsity team manager Edison Hauptman has an optimistic outlook. He states, “We just have to master the basics, and then we’ll be able to compete with and beat great teams.”

Heading into the next game against Teaneck, the team members knew that they did not want to lose back-to-back games. And yet, they simply appeared to lack the same level of energy that they typically brought to the court and the team’s record fell to 7-3.

The team’s next game was against Don Bosco Prep. After winning the first set, the team lost in the next two sets. After the game, the team gathered in a classroom, where the coach, Coach Kingsley, addressed the team. He said that he personally believes in the abilities of the team, but the team also needs to believe in itself. The team may have lost three games in a row, but there is still another half of the season to position itself in a favorable spot in the standings.

Needless to say, the team is very disappointed to have lost three consecutive games, after having gotten off to such a promising start to the season. Varsity libero Ivan Kozlov stated after the game, “Our team is winning most of our games, but we still aren’t winning against the best teams.” As of April 20, the team has a record of 7-4 and is still in a solid position in the standings (2nd in the Big North – Liberty league), but definitely needs to turn things around and get back on the right track.

When asked about his thoughts on Bergen Tech boy’s volleyball team’s current state, varsity captain and outside hitter Clarke Deegan simply said, “No comment.” When asked for an explanation to his lack of a response, he explained that he is trying to avoid all distractions in order to completely focus on improving his and the team’s performance.

Hauptman takes a particularly positive mentality when assessing the current state of the team. After the game against Don Bosco, he said, “This team has true potential…We’ve come so far and we’re only going to get better. I see great things in our future.”