SENIOR ATHLETE REFLECTION: Boys’ volleyball seniors reminisce on previous seasons

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Photo Jeff Slovin

Senior Will Hurley (number 11) cheers with his teammates after a great play.

Kayla Albers, Staff Writer

These interviews were done remotely due to COVID-19 precautions.

Because of the cancellation of the 2020 spring sports season, senior athletes reflected on the best moments from their time playing their sport at Algonquin.

Will Hurley:

What are you most proud of from your time playing volleyball at Algonquin?

“I’m most proud of the progress that our team has made in the last few years. We have won the Mid-Wach League every year since 2014, but our hard work set us up for a deep playoff run in 2020 with our dedication to the sport. Volleyball can’t be dominated by just one individual, so, with the help of our coach, I’m proud of the connection we made between each other in order to play as a team.”

What will you miss most from playing volleyball at Algonquin?

“I will miss my teammates the most. I have played other sports inside and outside Algonquin, but I have never had the same chemistry with a team as I did with volleyball. We supported each other on and off the court, and we all became good friends by the end of the season.”

What is your favorite memory of volleyball at Algonquin?

“One of my favorite memories was beating Minnechaug last year at home. They were one of the best in the state, and after that game, we knew we would have a successful season ahead. We ranked up to #13 in the state, and the boys started to have fun. We played with purpose the rest of the season since we knew we had a chance to win CMASS, but we also started to have fun. We almost had an equal amount of seniors, juniors, and sophomores (with one freshman), so it was difficult to blend together at first. However, with our wild bench squad, and a fun locker room, bus rides, and pasta parties, we came together pretty quickly. It turned out to be this year’s seniors’ last season playing volleyball, but it was the most fun time I’ve ever had at Algonquin. From water wars on the bus to trying to bring a kiddie pool in the locker room, we made the most of our short time playing Algonquin volleyball.”

 

Senior David Keefe hits the ball high as his teammates watch and cheer him on from the sidelines. (Photo Jeff Slovin)

David Keefe:

What are you most proud of from your time playing volleyball at Algonquin?

“The thing that I am most proud of from playing volleyball at Algonquin is the amount everyone improved individually and as a team each season. The change from our first practice to our last game was always incredible thanks to the hard work we put in every single day. Personally, I am very proud of how much I improved from beginning the sport as a freshman on JV, to starting on Varsity the next two years. I pushed myself to get better every practice and every game, and I had amazing teammates and coaches beside me the entire way.”

What will you miss most from playing volleyball at Algonquin?

“The thing I will miss most about playing volleyball at Algonquin is just spending time with the team. I have made so many friends through volleyball that I never would have met otherwise, and I will truly miss all of our memories together. Whether it was bus rides to away games, hanging out in the locker room, or even practices and games, we always had so much fun as a team. I will look back fondly upon these memories for years to come, and they will also be the times I miss the most.”

What is your favorite memory of volleyball at Algonquin?

“My favorite memory from my time playing volleyball at Algonquin was our game against Framingham during my sophomore year. Framingham was a tough opponent, and we were missing some of our best players, so everyone really had to step up. We played our hearts out but ended up losing by two or three points in the fourth set. I was upset about this result, but one of my teammates immediately lifted my spirits and told me how well I had played that game. That specific memory, which lasted only about ten seconds, has always stuck in my mind for some reason. To me, it represents our team camaraderie and how we were always there for each other as teammates, which was more important than the result of any point or game. The game as a whole allowed me to step up and play at a high level in a very competitive game, and it was definitely a turning point in my time playing volleyball at Algonquin.”

 

Colin Kerrigan:

Senior Colin Kerrigan reaches high above the volleyball net to reach the ball and gain a point for his team. (Photo Jeff Slovin)

What are you most proud of from your time playing volleyball at Algonquin?

“I was proud to be a varsity athlete for the first time, and also to be selected as a captain by my teammates when I was on JV as a sophomore.”

What will you miss most from playing volleyball at Algonquin?

“I miss the family dynamic so much. From everything to matching warmups, amazing pasta parties and pool parties, and to our inside jokes and chants, we all had so much fun together and everyone on the team was super close.”

What is your favorite memory of volleyball at Algonquin?

“My favorite memory was on JV when we played a game where everyone played a different position than normal and we still destroyed the other team.”

 

Senior Matt Keller jumps to serve the ball as his teammates watch with smiles. (Photo Jonny Ratner)

Matt Keller:

What are you most proud of from your time playing volleyball at Algonquin?

“I am most proud of how much my fellow seniors and I have grown in the sport and fallen in love with it. We all came in with very little, if any, experience playing the sport, and this year we were ready to play and give everything we had to win a state championship.”

What will you miss most from playing volleyball at Algonquin?

“I’ll definitely miss physically playing the sport, but what I will miss the most is the bus rides to games and just having fun with my teammates wherever we went.”

What is your favorite memory of volleyball at Algonquin?

“My favorite memory is playing in front of all my classmates and laying out for a hard play right in front of them. It was definitely a hype moment that I won’t forget. Hearing people go crazy over something you did gets the adrenaline pumping.”

 

Boys’ Volleyball players the Harbinger was unable to contact:

Leonardo Campos

John Thibodeau

Adam Ramondo