Cooper City High School’s boys’ varsity volleyball team had five consecutive days of games. Coming off of spring break, the team had one day of practice to be followed by a full week of competition. The week consisted of three district matches and a two-day tournament.
On Tuesday, April 2, the Cowboys played their first game of the week. Cypress Bay defeated Cooper City with a score of 3-0. Cooper City kept the scores close in each set they played, but they could not beat Cypress Bay.
The second game of the week was played on Wednesday, April 3. Nova lost every set resulting in a 3-0 win for the Cowboys. The Cowboys were expecting an easy match and wanted to give the less experienced players more time in the game.
“We got to play a lot of people that don’t usually get to play against a high-level team.”
“We got to put in the developmental core people who do not have as much experience so they all learned from that game,” sophomore outside hitter Adam Hartmann said. “It was just a fun game overall, watching them all learn and play well.”
The last conference game of the week ended in a 3-0 win for the Cowboys. The away game was played against American Heritage. The scores for each set were close, but CCHS came out victorious.
“It was a fun game,” junior middle blocker Ethan Silverman said. “We got to play a lot of people that don’t usually get to play against a high-level team so that was good.”
The Cowboys participated in the Smoothie King Invitational tournament on Friday and Saturday. The team played multiple games each day of the tournament, winning two of the five games they played.
“We have good chemistry together.”
“I think we will do pretty well because we are a good team overall; we have good chemistry together,” Hartmann said. “We just have to play correctly and have our minds right and not let ourselves get into our heads.”
On Friday, April 5, the tournament started off with three games. The Cowboys lost the first game of the tournament but after that, the team was warm and ready. They went on to win the next two games for that day. Saturday was the last day of the tournament, and the games ended after two losses.
“Going to tournaments helps our team tremendously,” junior outside hitter Dylan Zacca said. “Being able to play different teams we have never played before challenges us to adapt and think quickly.”
Photo by Cassie Hartmann