Weekly Feature

2018-10-10 / Sports

Blue Devils’ volleyball showing improvement


The Kenmore West boys volleyball team has played well of late and has shown improvement over the course of the season. The Blue Devils are 3-5 in Niagara Frontier League play. They’re doing the little things well.

“We’re doing pretty good,” Kenmore West coach Dan Norton said. “We definitely see a lot of good things we’ve done so far. We’re working hard and doing the little things right to put us in a good shape to get a win. We’ve had some good wins so far this year. We’re looking good now and we’re looking forward to the next few seasons with the guys on JV coming up.”

The team has been led by the efforts of senior third-year setter Ryan Emler, middle hitter Will Hudson and libero Jake Andrews. The Blue Devils have succeeded in the areas of communication and passing.

“We play well together as a team,” Norton said. “As the season progressed, we’re getting to that level where we can succeed. We’re passing well and the communication overall has been great. We’re passing out of the back row better than we had been last year. We’re getting the ball into play for our offense, which has helped a lot.”

The Blue Devils play North Tonawanda this week and Hutch Tech the week after. They’re looking to get wins against the teams that beat them in the first half of the season, salvaging some splits.

“Our goal is to split with the teams we have left,” Norton said. “We lost to North Tonawanda the first time we played them. We also want to beat Grand Island so we can split with them, too. Hutch tech is a non-league, so we want to win that one, too. We want to move toward .500.”

The team is aiming to keep improving through the end of the year. They are working on their placements and trying to perfect as many things as possible.

“We’re looking to continue forward with what we’ve been doing well,” Norton said. “Our passing has been improving, but there is always stuff to work on. We could work on our placement a little bit. We want to run every play correctly and be in the right space so we can come out and win games.”

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