The Broncos Win the First Boys Volleyball Game Between the Two Schools
Boy’s Volleyball has almost arrived in the Southwestern League. All six schools in the league have started boys programs and fielded varsity and junior varsity teams. The Southwestern League will begin to take shape in the next few years as the programs mature. Thursday night the Broncos swept Great Oak 25-13, 25-22, 25-18 to win their first match against the Wolfpack.
Junior Kade Greely led Vista Murrieta with 12 kills and Kalei Taitano served up 5 aces as the Broncos proved to be too much for Great Oak. Taitano also had 24 assists and Drake Thill had 14.
Standouts for Great Oak were Steven Koja, Spencer Bundock and Garrett Rodi.
“We are very excited to have a boys program going and are excited that so many boys have taken an interest in learning how to play. It is great that so many guys on my team are 2 sport athletes and that the coaches at Vista Murrieta have supported our new sports” said Vista Murrieta Head Coach Kristen Cooke. “We are currently 3-1. We lost to La Jolla out of San Diego and have beat Centennial, Redlands East Valley and Great Oak. This year we also started a freshman team who are playing local JV teams in the area and freshman teams from San Diego”.
Great Oak is 2-3 overall this season. “My goal is to get the program started on a good foundation” said Great Oak Coach Jolene Burdick. “It’s nice to see that the guys can play a sport that they have wanted to play for so long. We have 14 players on Varsity and 11 on JV right now. Its great to see them come together as a team”.
“Considering this is the first year of the program, we have a bunch of athletes who are still learning the game” said Great Oak Girls Volleyball Coach Mark Motluck . “A handful of our kids play club and we have turned to them for leadership and to share their volleyball IQ. The boys are hard workers, take everything we give them and have a great deal of potential. They’ve competed well with programs that already have been in existence for years…really looking forward to the remainder of this year as well as next year”.
The Wolfpack plays Indian Springs and Temecula Prep next before facing off with Temecula Valley on March 22nd. Vista Murrieta will face Garden Grove, Centennial and Tahquitz before playing Murrieta Valley on March 24th.