Volleyball leads Palomar, 2nd in California

Varsity Boys Volleyball are unbeatable this season.

Isabella Gentilucci , Staff Writer

The boys’ volleyball team has been unstoppable this season with thirteen wins and only one loss. They are first in the Palomar League, ranked second in California, and ranked 10th nationally in the United States. 

“The team dynamic is truly something special. I don’t think I’ve been on a team that has meshed as well as this team has. We all love being together and enjoy every moment on the court,” senior Hayden Jackson said. Jackson has been playing volleyball since the fourth grade and is sad this is his last season with the teammates he has been playing with since the beginning is coming to an end. 

The team has created a lot of memories together, whether it’s going to Hawaii and playing a couple games there and touring the state, or bringing home victories. The team is one of the closest teams fans have seen. “My favorite memory from the season has to be beating Westview to get coach Jackson’s 300th career win. Being able to share that moment with my dad was amazing and something I will cherish forever,” Hayden Jackson said. 

Most of the volleyball clubs remained open in some capacity throughout the past year, which allowed the boys to stay in shape and let some boys continue to compete. With COVID-19 pushing back the season and having games twice to sometimes three times a week and practice five times a week, it has prepared them to win a state title and make it to the playoffs. 

Senior Ty Jorgenson has been playing volleyball since he was in the fifth grade. He loves playing with his teammates, especially because they all have been playing volleyball together before high school. “It makes for good team chemistry. We root for each other and always want each other to succeed,” Jorgenson said. 

The team has had some thrilling and exciting games. Poway’s most exciting game was playing Torrey Pines. With minimal fans being allowed in the gymnasium the boys enjoy hearing the fans cheering to every play. 

“We fought back from a really rough start and beat them by 2 points in the 5th game. The energy in that game was so fun, and everyone was so excited for every play,” Jorgenson said. 

After playing over 10 years of volleyball, captain Brett Pursley is now committed to play D1 volleyball at the University of California San Diego. Brett has played volleyball for all four years at Poway High School and made varsity his freshman year. 

His favorite memory this season would have to be the game against Torrey Pines on April 8th. “Beating Torrey Pines in five games was so exciting. Everyone in the gym was cheering, and we were having so much fun,” Pursley said. 

As captain, Pursley is a leader on and off the court and helps his teammates when they need it. It’s really cool to see the team come together once they are all on the court. After every play, win or loss, the boys high five each other and support each other throughout the game. 

“It’s been such a fun experience to be part of this program for the last four years. I’ve met some of my best friends and have learned a lot from my coaches and teammates. I wouldn’t want to be playing this sport with any other guys. We all support each other, and make sure we are all putting forward our best effort every practice and game,” Pursley said. 

 Fans can now stop by and support the team or tune into the live streams. There is limited capacity for the gym but capacity numbers might increase in the next couple weeks so more fans will be able to attend the games. After their win against Del Norte on May 6th the team has only six more games until the playoffs.

Here is the link to watch the live streams: https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/schools/poway-high-school-poway-ca/volleyball