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Boys Volleyball: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Named Union County Team of the Year, Glod: Player of the Year; Hor: Coach of the Year

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Scotch Plains-Fanwood was named Union County Team of the Year. Credits: Jami Pawelec
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Adam Glod was named Union County Player of the Year. Credits: Jami Pawelec
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Adam Glod was first team All-County. Credits: Jami Pawelec
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Ethan Johnston was named first team All-County. Credits: Jami Pawelec
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Colin Donahue Credits: Jami Pawelec
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Raiders volleyball coach Brock Hor and Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS athletic director Ryan Miller hold the trophy. Credits: Jami Pawelec
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Braedon Cooke Credits: Jami Pawelec
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The Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys varsity volleyball team, Union County Champions, are this week's Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week.
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SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ --  The Union County Conference has announced its All Conference boys volleyball season awards, and Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School's surprising first-year varsity team was honored as Union County Team of the Year. Additionally, Adam Glod was named Union County Player of the Year, and Brock Hor Jr., was named Coach of the Year.

Union County Team of the Year
Scotch Plains-Fanwood Boys Volleyball, winners of the Union County Tournament. As a first year varsity program, the Raiders advanced to the State Finals

Union County Player of the Year
Adam Glod, a senior, led the team with 594 assists, 13 aces, 82 digs, 38 blocks, and 21 kills. 

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"Adam was our MVP of the season, simply because he was the player we trusted with running our team on the court," said Coach Brock Hor. "His season stats say a lot, but they don't tell you how much Adam understood about the game. Every game we would talk about what he had to do, who the opponent was, and what he has to do to keep the offense running. After every game he would look over the stat sheet to see who he was setting, how effective they were, and if he was making the right choices."

1st Team All County/All Conference
Adam Glod, Ryan Metzger, and Ethan Johnston

Adam Glod was Union County Player of the Year. Ryan Metzger had 214 kills, 31 blocks, and 133 digs. Ethan Johnston had 127 kills and 75 blocks.

"Many teams have electric players where spectators are in awe of their power or size," said Coach Hor. "Adam quietly, but brilliantly, kept this team together for a championship run. He is more then deserving for the Union County Player of the Year."

Ryan Metzger  the go-to guy for the Raiders all season. His stats speak for themselves: 214 kills, 31 blocks, and 133 digs.

"Ryan puts the weight of the team on his shoulders, a responsibility that he takes seriously," said Coach Hor. "Our players look to him to finish rallies, and other teams focus on stopping him. It's one thing to be able to put up those impressive stats, but it's another to do it in the face of other programs focusing on trying to stop him."

"Ryan has always been laser focused in what he wanted to accomplish, but this year he learned how to let things go to grow as a player and person," the coach added. "The most impressive thing, is that I don't think I have seen his full potential, as he's getting better and smarter every year."

Ethan Johnston was a major threat both offensively and defensively. He put up 127 kills and 75 blocks.

"As far as size goes, he is the largest presence on the court, but one of the most laid back players when he plays," said Coach Hor. "He never backs down from a challenge and looked forward to playing some of the best in our County and Section." 

2nd Team All County/All Conference
Braedon Cooke and Colin Donahue

Braedon Cooke was the anchor of the defense all season. The sophomore led the team with 294 Digs and was second in Aces with 18.

"Even with being the only underclassmen to start for us, the team trusted in his ability to pass and read offenses to line up of digs," said Coach Brock Hor. "A student of the game, he does his best to call out hitters, and servers before the action begins and becoming one of our primary passers all season. Braedon also acted as our second setter and was also able to dish out 20 assists from the back row Libero position."

Cooke has only begun his varsity career, and his coach believes that his best seasons are coming.

"He has never made excuses for his age and has fully embraced his role, looking to expand on it in the future," the coach added. 

Colin Donahue was without question the most improved player on the team this year, according to Coach Hor. 

"At the end of last year's season, I wasn't sure what I was going to do in the other Middle Blocker position, as Colin was just getting use to the position," said Coach Hor. "He came back as a different player and has surpassed anything I could have thought of. He recorded 119 kills and 80 blocks. His ability to grow also allowed me to use him as another server where he recorded 11 aces in his first year serving for us."

Coach Hor said that Colin had an inner determination in the past off season to get better, and proved it this season. "What he brings next season will be something to see."

Coach of the Year - Union County
Brock Hor Jr.

"It's a big honor and a big surprise. There are a lot of great coaches in the state and in our own county and to recognized as Coach of the Year is still surreal. I hope it brings light to Union County as an emerging Volleyball Power county," Coach Hor said of his selection. 

Hor said the honor "puts a cap on a plan I had three years ago, when our AD Ryan Miller told me about the start of the Boys Program, to get this program up to compete at the next level."

The coach said that even with his knowledge of the game, it wouldn't have amounted to anything if the players tdidn't buy into it. 

"My selection has everything to do with the players that were willing to follow. In the end, I'll still coach the way I expect my players to play and act on and off the court: Know who you are, be respectful, enjoy the moment, but always know there's always something more to learn and to accomplish."

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