It was another great season for York Prep’s Boys Varsity Volleyball, with the Panthers winning the regular season title for the second year in a row. The players’ superior talent was on full display in the thrilling five-set finals in which York lost the championship by two points in a deciding Game 5. It was only the second loss of a long and successful season.
Under Coach Justin Stack, the Panthers learned a new system of play similar to college level volleyball that is difficult to master, but a strong group of seniors developed into a team that played on a high plane not seen by the other schools in our league.
The York Prep seniors included by high flying team MVP Keibu Morton; fiery team captain Chris Renock; and Colin Saint-Vil, who anchored the team’s defense and ball control. Derrick Rohlfing and Richard Martin were named All-Conference and were consistent forces at the net in coming up with big kills throughout the season. Nick Manos-Stickler and Ethan Leavitt led with their heart and fire on and off the court and made huge contributions to the Panthers’ success.
Newcomers En Sok Kim (10th grade) and Ryan Perry (9th grade) were tremendous off the bench. Perry’s great serving will be needed next year; he showed ice in his veins serving in the championship match, with game point staring him in the eye and he didn’t blink. Kim has shown his ability to play great defense and, in his first start, recorded 14 digs/defensive plays which led the team that day. The duo will guide the team next year in hopes of securing a league championship for the York Panthers.