By Matt Smith
Sunday, March 18th, 2012 at 5:18 pm in Boys volleyball.
Last year, the Livermore High boys volleyball program could not get on the same page, and because of that, the 2011 season was the season that was not as the program was temporarily disbanded.
The keyword is temporarily as the Cowboys picked right back up a season later, and with good size, and some players from a JV team that went 20-9 last year, this team isn’t rebuilding from scratch.
“Picking up a year later is definitely a challenge,” Livermore coach Tim Vierra said. “We are most definitely on the upswing this year. We will surprise some teams for sure. I have a cerebral group of athletic, coachable, and motivated players. They are quick to pick up any new drill or skill and have the intrinsic motivation needed to succeed.”
A few basketball players have joined the Cowboys program giving them size and athleticism to compete in the East Bay Athletic League as they have five players who are taller than six feet.
A pair of juniors in 6-5 outside hitter Jason Morant, and 6-4 middle Ben Davison are the two tallest, while 6-3 senior outside Robert Slife brings size and experience. 6-3 sophomore James Dayton brings more height to the middle while 6-2 senior Hunter Ott brings good overall skills.
A team, however, can’t get started offensively without a setter, and Livermore has two good ones, both of whom play club. Senior Andy Hallett and sophomore Alex Kawahara are very skilled.
The Cowboys, yet to win in the EBAL, know that it starts with small steps in building the program. Having success at the JV level helps as well as setting small term goals, which they’ve done. Livermore is hoping for two or three league wins by the midpoint and a solid showing at the Deer Valley Tournament.
“This group is young, but hungry, to show the league what they are made of,” Vierra said. “The boys are very excited to have the program back. We know we are building for next year and the years that follow. If we can win our first league match, ever, we know we can win the next one. Having a winning season last year, has bred confidence and interest. We now have the interest, all we need to do now is win at the varsity level.”
For those that don’t expect much from Livermore, this program probably shouldn’t be overlooked for too much longer.
I’m still missing Moreau and Dougherty’s results from the Drake Tournament, so these might change over the next few hours, or day or so.
Finally got some information on MSJ and they look for real. And it looks like Deer Valley is going to be tough on all EBAL teams this year.
I think things are finally starting to settle into place in the rankings. Look for Logan to keep jumping up a spot or two a week.
1. De La Salle (2-0)
2. Deer Valley (3-0)
3. Campolindo (9-2)
4. Mission San Jose (5-2)
5. Amador Valley (3-1)
6. California (8-3)
7. College Park (2-2)
8. Logan (9-5)
9. Valley Christian (7-1)
10. San Ramon Valley (1-2)
11. Dougherty Valley (3-1)
12. Kennedy-Fremont (6-0)
13. Loas Lomas (6-3)
14. Monte Vista (5-2)
15. Moreau Catholic (2-1)