VOLLEYBALL PLAYOFFS: 3-1 Wolves eliminate the Patriots

After going 5-1-1 and getting second in league, Van Nuys looks to add a 6th CIFLACS title to their belts.

#18 Jai Korisal quickly reacting to a set from #5 Alex Pinwatana to spike the ball down.

Van Nuys hosted the first playoff game of the 2021 season on May 27 playing against Birmingham Charter High School.

The game got off to a rocky start with Birmingham taking the first set from the Wolves with a score of 26-24.

The second set wasn’t looking great either, Birmingham was right on top of the Wolves’ score until a short time-out was called. After a quick peptalk the Wolves Volleyball team got back on track bringing the set home 25-19.

“I’m honestly a little glad that they took a set off of us. Was a great wake up call for us,” says Coach Omri Azarly in a post game interview.

“Our boys need to understand that it doesn’t matter whether you’re the tallest, smallest, or hardest getting team, every team is fighting for the same exact reason and has nothing to lose.””

The third set saw the score gap widen even further as the Wolves started to hunger for victory. The pack brought the set home with a score of 25-11.

The fourth and final set saw Birmingham desperately trying to knock down the Wolves with unpredictable plays. Regardless, the Wolves persevered and finished the set 25-17.

“With that being said, I thought the next three sets we definitely showed why we’re one of the top teams in Division 1,” says Azarly. “We have an elite squad who have such a high volleyball IQ and it shows when they hit their stride. I’m positive if we take care of our side, attack everything with a purpose, we’ll be an extremely tough team come the finals.”

The team is looking forward to the game next Thursday vs Bell High School at Bell.