WESTFIELD, NJ — He started playing volleyball in his freshman year at Westfield High School and continues to roll with the sport.
Despite athletics being indefinitely postponed for the season, Etan Zeller MacLean, an 18-year-old senior at Westfield High School and setter on the varsity volleyball team, is keeping in shape while learning from home. Zeller MacLean is this week's Ron Bansky and Associates Allstate Westfield Athlete of the Week.
“I’ve been working out every day,” said Zeller MacLean, shortly after returning from a run.
He’s also been doing pushups, sit-ups and planks. “All the usual stuff,” he said.
Zeller MacLean certainly knows how to work out: he organized a winter weight training program at the high school, head varsity volleyball coach Ed Saggio said.
“He was poised to have a breakout senior year as a setter for the varsity team,” Saggio said. “He has worked hard in the off-season playing club volleyball and organizing our winter weight training program.”
Zeller MacLean has also been accepted to Duke University, but he doesn’t have plans to play volleyball there and so the cancelation of spring sports (at least for now) came as jarring news.
“It’s kind of surprising because I might not be playing competitive volleyball ever again,” Zeller MacLean said. “It just came as a shock more than anything.”
But there’s more to life than volleyball.
Zeller MacLean, whose favorite subjects are biology and physics, plans study global health in college. The coronavirus pandemic, he said, has only strengthened his resolve to pursue the subject.
“It’s obviously opened a lot of people’s eyes to global health and the role which it plays in everyday life,” he said. “It makes me want to study global health even more, so I can help fight something like this in the future.”
As for volleyball, even though Zeller MacLean can’t practice with them, he is encouraging his fellow teammates to keep in shape for when they can play the sport together.
“I’d just say stick with it because it’s a lot of fun — high action and if you do stick with it, it will only get better,” he said.
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