SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- In just its second year as a varsity sport, Scotch Plains-Fanwood has put itself on the New Jersey sports map with a trip to the state finals and now with consecutive victories at the annual Hackensack Volleyball Tournament. For its quick and somewhat stunning success, the volleyball Raiders are this week's Joint Motion Physical Therapy Athletes of the Week.
"It's hard to put one player ahead of the other in the tournament, as everyone is needed to pull off this victory, " said Coach Brock Hor. "Captain Ryan Metzger and Colin Donahue stood out. Ryan is our biggest hitter, and all the teams focused on stopping him. By doing that, our second biggest weapon, Colin, really shined. He helped control the other teams offense with blocking, and helped Ryan in the offense in running tough plays in the middle."
Hor said that Peter Salisman is becoming the other threat from the outside and played a very smart game.
"He would crush the ball if he had an opening, or simple placed it for a kill when he saw holes in the defense," Coach Hor said.
Another stand-out was James Walsh, who has taken over the setter position from 2018 Union County Player of the Year, Adam Glod.
"Jimmy is starting to get settled in the offense and has taken the intuitive to start calling advanced plays so we can start taking our game to a higher level," Coach Hor added.
Other key players on the team are:
- Returning captain and Libero Marcello Cappuccio. ("He is the cornerstone of the defense and sets the pace for how we can run our offense.")
- Captain Braedaon Cooke has transitioned from Libero to Opposite to help on both sides of net.
- Steven Verrastro ("He continues to hold down our Defensive Specialist, as both a top notch defender and server.")
- Sophomore Anthony Ngumah ("Anthony takes over at the other Middle Block Position, and we are hoping for great things from him now, and in the future.")
"The team lost three major pieces last year in Michael Rinaldi, Ethan Johnston and Adam Glod, but the major reason why this team is playing at this level is that they stick together," Coach Hor said. "Most of the players on varsity were the original team that came out to start this program, and I have had them since Freshman year."
Coach Hor said the ones that came later in the sophomore year, blended in perfectly with our program philosophy, of teamwork first.
"I'd like to think that this program not only produces high level players, but also high level young men. They carry themselves with a great sense of responsibility of who they represent; their school, their coach, their parents, and most importantly who they really are," Coach Hor added.
Even though we've started well, the best may be yet to come.
"I still don't think we have reached our full potential," Coach Hor added. "I'm waiting to see when that will happen, and that will be fun to watch."
Joint Motion Physical Therapy is located across the street from the Stage House Tavern and shares a free, handicap accessible parking lot with the Scotch Plains Public Library. Joint Motion can be reached for an appointment by phone 908-322-3202, or email email@example.com. You can also learn more at www.facebook.com/JointMotionPT.
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