Boys volleyball off to a rocky start


Pamela Tojin

Senior Vincent Hwin leaps in the air to return the volleyball over the net.

Despite a spectacular win at home against Rialto High School with a score of 3-0 on Feb. 20, 2023, the boys volleyball team is experiencing a rocky start.

As the season went on, they played two away games against Fontana High School with a loss of 1-3 on Feb. 22, 2023, and Garey High School with a loss of 2-3 on Feb. 24, 2023.

The boys volleyball team played a home game against Hillcrest High School and had another loss of 0-3 on Feb. 28, 2023.

“My hardest game was definitely against Hillcrest,” senior Nathan Packer said. “They were all really good. It was our first time having to deal with a setter who had a really good bounce and was able to dunk really well. It was a really mentally taxing game and they had really good blockers.”.

Packer also pointed out what he thought of his position for his games.

“For Opposites, there is a stereotype that we are the third option when it comes to hitting and so having to kind of get over that and still be an effective player and having to understand that you are the weakest out of the three has definitely been challenging,” Packer said.

According to Packer, working with his team is very challenging because he has to put his all into blocking the number one option which is where he struggles, stressing about that which he claims is very obvious that it affects the team and such.

The team managed to get back on their feet and win a home game against La Sierra High School, scoring 3-0 on March 2, 2023. Then, they lost an away game against Chino Hills High School with a score of 0-3 on March 7, 2023.

In a home game against Ontario Christian High School, they won and scored 3-1 on March 9. On March 10, RCHS lost 0-3 against King High School in an away game. Recently on March 11, the team played an away game against Upland and lost 0-3.

“Our first game was definitely their first time ever playing a real game of volleyball and sure that’s definitely shown through in some scenarios but I think we’ve definitely worked through it and they have improved so much and they were already so talented, so skies the limit for them,” Packer said.

For the very first game, senior Lionel Getten attended the match to support the Cougars.

“It was fun, it was nice seeing a lot of my friends there [because] they had been talking up the sports for a long time and I didn’t know what to expect but they did really good,” Getten said.

The team currently has an overall record of 3-0, with a league record of 0-3. The next boys volleyball game is today, Thursday, March 16 at 4:45 p.m. against Claremont High School.