SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Three members of the Union County champion Scotch Plains-Fanwood varsity volley ball team have been named 1st team All County/Conference: Colin Donahue, Ryan Metzger, and James Walsh. For their outstanding seasons, Donahue, Metzger, and Walsh are this week's Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week.
Last year was Colin Donahue’s break-out year. He was a wild card but came out with something to prove. Coach Brock Hor knew that this year he would come back even more determined.
"He has surpassed what I thought he was capable of doing. His freshmen year he could barely jump and didn’t register a kill. This year is a tribute to his hard work, dedication to the team and sport, and determination to play at the next level," Coach Hor said. "Colin personifies to everyone that ever comes out for our program that you never know where you could end up as a player."
Donahue, who was named to All North 2 Sectional 2nd Team, will continue his academic and volleyball careers at Nazareth College this fall.
Ryan Metzger, who was also named to the All North 2 Sectional 3rd Team, has been the cornerstone of the volleyball program from the very beginning, according to Coach Hor.
"While that has its benefits, everyone you play against is out to stop you can wear in a player. But every year Ryan would respond positively in the face of adversity. He would lead both in the court and off the court as a three-year captain," Coach Hor explained. "He did whatever the team needed. If he had to be the one to get the kill, he would be. If it was a service run, he was there. And if they needed to calm down and be reminded to just play their game and have fun, he was one of the first to say so."
The coach praised Metzger for quietly taking on the load of a leader with focused effort to be the best team player the program needed.
Jimmy Walsh was one of the key factors in last year's JV Championship and worked extremely hard to improve his game for this year.
"Replacing last year's Union County player of the year is a daunting task, but that may have driven him to earn the starting position as setter this year," Coach Hor said. "He had the understanding of how to run this high powered offense. Throughout the season, we would talk after every match, and he began to understand that it wasn’t the number of kills, but the hitting percentages and hitting zones."
Coach Hor said Walsh became the setter that the Raiders needed and earned his full confidence in making the right choices into the team's championship run.
Additionally, Marcello Cappuccio and Steven Verrastro were named to the 2nd Team All County/Conference. Braedon Cooke and Peter Sailsman received Honorable Mention.
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