SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOOD, NJ -- Through the coming weeks until the end of June, TAPintoSPF is taking a look at the spring sports seasons that were supposed to take place but never did because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The boys volleyball team, defending County champions, lost many seniors to graduation in 2019 and expected that 2020 would be something of a rebuilding year. However, Coach Brock Hor had more in mind.
"I went into this season with the thoughts of rebuilding and being competitive in Union County and North 2 section, but as tryouts and preseason began, I changed my outlook on the season. I felt that with the new players and this crop of seniors, we could make a solid run at defending our County title," Coach Hor told TAPintoSPF.
"Beyond the competitiveness of our team, the loss of the season meant that so many players will miss out on a year of playing together and forging friendships in competition. Past players have made our program that is strong in camaraderie, that translates to on-court success. These players I know would have continued that," he added.
"We have always prided that our program was not about winning as much as teamwork and being a strong part of the community. A year missing all that, I believe affected a lot of them," Coach Hor said. "Our seniors were looking forward to capping of their high school career with another great season, and not being able to give that to them, is the hardest part of this lost season."
Position: Outside Hitter
Two-time Varsity County Champion. Two-time Captain, 2019 and 2020. 2018 2nd team All County. 2019 Honorable Mention All-County. Has played three different positions for our program; Libero 2018, Opposite 2019, Outside Hitter 2020. First three-year Varsity letter winner for SPF Boys Volleyball. Will attend University of Waterloo.
Coach Brock Hor: “Besides being our first three-time Varsity letterman, and two-time captain, Braedon has been asked to fill so many shoes; and he did without flinching. He was our first player to come to us, ready to play the sport he already loved, and that reflected on the tireless work with his teammates and this program. I know he has only scratched the surface of what he will do, both on and off the court.”
Position: Outside Hitter
JV Champion 2018
Coach Brock Hor: “The volumes of stories and memories that he has given every player that has played with him or watch him could fill a wall in the school library. No one could ever predict what he would do, or who he has grown to be. But as much as the hilarity he provided, the fighting spirit he always brought helped fuel epic matches, allowing his team to sometimes triumph but always fight.”
Position: Defensive Specialist
Captain of the JV Championship team in 2018. Will attend Quinnipiac University
Coach Brock Hor: “Mason has completed a family journey, and has carved his own legacy in this program. Every time Mason set foot on the court, I knew he would always give everything he had. Every time he wasn't on the court, he was ready to do his part in helping others and keeping the game in focus. His character transcended off the court in everything that he did and will continue to open more doors for him in the future.”
Position: Middle Blocker/Opposite
Coach Brock Hor: “Malcolm's dedication to grow and reach to our elite level is a testament to how hard and willing he was to go to achieve his goal. He was never one to let any setback define of what he wanted to do. This will lead to greater things, as I know we have only had a glimpse of what he is going to accomplish.”
"In spite of all the disappointment on not playing this spring, every one of my seniors has mentioned how much they loved playing for this team, and that they will never forget the friends that might have not made if not for the time spent here. There is some sadness, but mostly great memories they'll always have."