Male athletes serve up idea of men’s volleyball

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Male athletes serve up idea of men’s volleyball

Daniel Cloud ('17), who manages for the girls volleyball teams and plays a boys club team, stands among braids and ponytails. He said he would have tried out his freshman year had there been a boys team.

Daniel Cloud ('17), who manages for the girls volleyball teams and plays a boys club team, stands among braids and ponytails. He said he would have tried out his freshman year had there been a boys team.

Photo by Emma Coleman

Daniel Cloud ('17), who manages for the girls volleyball teams and plays a boys club team, stands among braids and ponytails. He said he would have tried out his freshman year had there been a boys team.

Photo by Emma Coleman

Photo by Emma Coleman

Daniel Cloud ('17), who manages for the girls volleyball teams and plays a boys club team, stands among braids and ponytails. He said he would have tried out his freshman year had there been a boys team.

Max Herbkersman, Sports Editor

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The athletic program has accumulated numerous state championships throughout the years, however, there is one thing missing: boys’ volleyball.

The boys’ volleyball team has been sought after for many years by students and faculty. It only seems fair that if there is a girls’ volleyball team, then there should be a boys’ volleyball team.

A team at Hereford would be perfect, as we have many students who are athletic and have the right physique for the sport. The ideal player should be tall, quick on their feet, with great hand-eye coordination, which is very similar to the physique of most basketball players.

Varsity basketball player Sheron Sen (’17) fully supports the idea of a boys team. “Yeah, why wouldn’t I play?” he said. “Volleyball is dope, everything about it. It’s a good action-packed sport.”

Sen isn’t the only person who would want to play the fall sport. Dylan Moritz (’18) and Gavin Schattall (’18) are both on board for a boys team.

At a towering 6’5” Varsity basketball player Will Adams (’17) would be a perfect fit for the team. Being tall is an advantage in volleyball, as it creates more dominance up at the net.

“I really enjoy the team aspect, and being with friends,” Adams said. “I can use my height as an advantage, and the hands of a god on the spike.”

However, girls Varsity volleyball coach David Schreiner noted that it would take time to train boys in how to use their height and athleticism accurately and effectively.

“They might be bigger [than the girls], but they wouldn’t be able to do the things that the girls are doing right now. Not even remotely. Not even close. And they might think they could, but they couldn’t,” Schreiner said. “It would take a while to get boys to that level where they could actually compete.”

Girls Varsity volleyball captain Erin Collins (’17) disagrees. “I think a lot of the guys, even if they don’t play volleyball, they would definitely be doing all right, because they’re all athletic and they all like to play in gym class. I think they would love it,” Collins said. “I think they’d get a lot of fans, too, to come out.”

Having a boys’ team would be entertaining as it is fast paced and intense. It would benefit students who want to try a new sport, and have free time in the fall season. The team would open up another opportunity to bring a state championship trophy to the school.

For some, having a spring team would benefit them more than a fall team.

“I think if it’s in the fall, it could pose a problem for many kids,” Nick Greenspan (’17) said. “A lot of kids that … would play volleyball and play volleyball outside of school, at least the guys, definitely play another sport. Most of those athletes want to play their sport currently rather than volleyball in the fall.”

However, there are currently no boys’ volleyball teams in the Baltimore County Public School system. Adding a team would call for several schools in Baltimore County to add the sport.

Having a team would simply cost too much money. Athletic Director Mike Kalisz said that he would love to see a team, but there would be a lot of financial obligations.

Girls Varsity volleyball coach David Schreiner said, “There’s cost obviously from just the facility aspect, the equipment, uniforms and all that; but then you’re also talking about … all those transportation costs, and you’re talking about cost for coaching.”

If there is no way of forming a legitimate team, there could still be the formation of a volleyball club. The club could meet two to three times a week in the gym either during enrichment or after school.

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