The Mount Madonna School (MMS) middle school boys Black Volleyball Team has won the Central Coast Athletic League (CCAL) championship, a feat they last accomplished in 1998!
The current middle school boys Black Team is comprised of mainly seventh and eighth grade students, and is undefeated with a 12-0 league record and 19-1 overall. They finished out the season earlier this week by playing — and taking the championship — in the San Lorenzo Valley Invitational Tournament.
‘This team has had to step it up this year as many of them will be playing more advanced-level high school volleyball next year,’ commented Black Team Coach and MMS Athletic Director Sidd McDonald.
‘We have a solid core group of eighth grade players,’ he noted. ‘Middle Zac Clark is terrific and should be league MVP; outside hitter Brigg Busenhart shows strong athleticism; and setter Zach Wagner displayed great skill at playing a 5-1. One of our front row opposites, Carl Ward, was a pleasant surprise and very effective — a nice big, lefty block; while Will Murphy was flexible and made contributions as both a middle and opposite; and back row outside Nic Wenzel came off the bench and played a key strategic defensive role.’
‘Our seventh grade players also contributed greatly,’ McDonald added. ‘Back row opposite Sage Turner swept up everything that came his way, while John Dias was a fantastic player in the back row and an effective middle blocker. Outside Samith Lakka played excellently; Cam Diskowski was a strong part of our overall defense, as was middle blocker Noah Kaplan. Sixth grade Jordan Hopkins joined the team mid-season and was outstanding as middle blocker.’
It’s well-known among local sports fans that volleyball is the premier sport at MMS, and students — some as young as third grade — join and compete on middle school teams. These young athletes watchfully keep their eyes on the taller nets and hard-hitting matches that junior varsity and varsity players face in high school. MMS has a combined middle and high of about 115 students, with an impressive average of 35-45% of students playing on one of the eight Hawks’ volleyball teams each year.
Congratulations to players and coach for a season well-played! A big ‘thank you’ to team parent Komala Correos for the great communications and coordination, and all the parents who contributed by driving, feeding, and supporting the team this season.
Photos by Kelly Wagner and Komala Correos
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Nestled among the redwoods on 355 mountaintop acres, Mount Madonna is a safe and nurturing college-preparatory school that supports students in becoming caring, self-aware and articulate critical thinkers, who are prepared to meet challenges with perseverance, creativity and integrity. The CAIS and WASC accredited program emphasizes academic excellence, creative self-expression and positive character development. Located on Summit Road between Gilroy and Watsonville.