By Cassidy Murray & Katie Schneider – 1851 Staff
Junior Jordan Aprea is a captain for the men’s volleyball team this season as the team looks to rebuild after graduating five seniors last year. Photo by Katie Schneider
The men’s volleyball team have had a rocky start this season with a current record of 1-6 overall and 0-0 in conference play. The Lasers kicked off the season with two losses in their first invitational at Springfield College. Junior Nate Gallo led the team with 15 kills and 13 digs against the Baruch Bearcats. Junior Jordan Aprea had a team high eight kills against the Springfield Pride.
The Lasers obtained their first win of the season on January 27 at the Clash at Kean invitational. The Lasers prevailed over Medaille with a three-set win. Aprea and freshman Conor Leary-Watson set the tone of the match with seven kills a piece. Freshman Cobi Moore hit double digits in digs with a team-high of 11, while junior Andy Henriquez added 19 assists and four digs. That same day, the Lasers dropped a three-set loss against Marymount, where Janci Soto led the team with five kills.
The team is rebuilding their program after graduating five seniors last year. This season there are six freshmen, three sophomores, and four juniors. “We’re a young team so, we only have room to improve and we have a lot of young guys that are working hard and looking to get better,” said Aprea.
As a captain, Aprea looks to lead the team with the experience and knowledge he gained from previous years. The junior libero believes they have a promising group, and they’re already improving.
Having new additions to the team means learning how to work together on the court. “I felt very comfortable coming onto the team, it felt like a bunch of friends doing their best to better themselves,” said Leary-Watson. Players are optimistic about the spring as it progresses, despite how they’ve been doing lately.
With some adjustments on the court, they have the potential and ability to go far. “We’re only going to get better from here,” said Gallo.