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2 weeks ago @ 3:23PM

Celebrating Spring Senior Athletes - Boys Volleyball

Jordan Bergsma

Jordan is a volleyball team veteran, one of two seniors from our 2018 inaugural season. Jordan has been our starting right side hitter since his sophomore season. In addition to his offensive contributions at the net, Jordan was one of our strongest servers with a lethal jump float, earning countless aces the past two years. He also was one of our strongest defensive players and serve receivers. A three-year co-captain, Jordan also was a leader with his tenacious effort and commitment to keep the ball alive. Unfortunately, this effort resulted in a mid-season injury last year (see his ‘favorite memory’ below). Thankfully, Jordan was cleared to play again in time for the playoffs and played a big role in taking us to the regional finals. This season, I fully anticipated Jordan earning All-conference and All-region honors. 


Favorite memory

“...a non-conference match at Kalamazoo Christian when I ended up in the hospital.” (You’ll have to ask Jordan for the unabridged version of this memory.)


Advice to future Eagles

“Stick with this sport; you’re a part of history.”


Future plans

Jordan plans to attend Calvin University and dive on their swimming and diving team. He also hopes to play for their men’s volleyball club.

 

Evan May

Evan is a veteran of the Eagles volleyball team, one of just two seniors from our inaugural season in 2018. Evan has been our starting outside hitter since his sophomore season, and last season showed his versatility, becoming one of two starting setters in our new, two-setter offense. Evan led the team in kills and hitting percentage and delivered numerous ‘bounce kills’ each match, memorable for both fans and opposing defenses. Evan served as co-captain the past two seasons and was a natural team leader on and off the court. Evan achieved All-conference honors his sophomore year, and his junior year was named All-conference and All-region. He would have undoubtedly racked up additional accolades this season. Most notably, I valued and admired Evan’s ability and willingness to teach and encourage his teammates. It’s this skill that may serve him best in the years to come.


Favorite memory

“...to go after a ball and wham as hard as I can, crushing it to the ground. Another highlight was going to the Master Coaches Clinic and being set up by past Olympic gold medalist Lloy Ball.”


Advice to future Eagles

“Keep working on all the skills. Every hour you put in can really change your game. For those guys at all interested in playing, I highly suggest trying it out. Don't get discouraged. Hopefully this will become an official MHSAA sport soon.”


Future plans

Evan plans to attend Calvin University and double major in Physics and Engineering with a minor in Astronomy. He plans to play basketball for the Knights. “I would have loved to play volleyball but not many colleges [with volleyball programs] had what I was looking for [academically].”

 

Elijah Ooms

Eli was new to the volleyball team this year. A lacrosse player in past years, Eli was adding volleyball to his sports repertoire this year. I respected his willingness to take on not only a second sport in his final semester of his senior year, but also a new sport. It spoke to his work ethic and coachability to take on this new challenge. His athleticism on the LAX field would prove useful for him on the volleyball court. 

 

Even in our short season, Eli was already showing strong signs of improvement in his skills and understanding of the sport. I was excited that Eli chose to join the team this season, providing even more senior leadership and experience. I only wish he would have had the opportunity to see and experience his continued growth as well as the satisfaction of that improvement played out in matches.

 

Anthony Pearson

Anthony played his first season with us last year as a junior. From day one, Anthony demonstrated leadership--he was vocal, energetic and encouraging--on the court and in our pre-match locker room hype-ups! I always appreciated Anthony’s great attitude and coachability. It was evident he enjoyed the sport and the team environment. Also a lacrosse player, Anthony had the athleticism for volleyball, so his willingness to learn and grow was key. He developed significantly over the course of the season, contributing in the middle on offense and defense, throwing up a mean block with that wingspan.  I appreciated and respected his ability to juggle two spring sports, school and work. That commitment, discipline and hard work carried over and contributed to his growth as a player. I’m confident Anthony would have continued on his steep growth trajectory this season, contributing in new ways and continuing to lead by example.


Favorite memory

“...the locker room hype at home matches, and our road trip to Grand Haven was pretty great.”


Advice to future Eagles

“Put in work behind the scenes, then when it's time, play hard and have fun.”


Future plans

Anthony plans to attend GVSU and study Sports Management and Photography & Film.

 

Charles Thiam

Charles joined our team late last season, serving as our unofficial ‘hype man’ (a role all teams should fill), keeping the energy level high on and off the court. This season, Charles would be bringing his hype as a player. A talented high jumper, sprinter and hurdler, Charles’ athleticism was evident on the volleyball court in week one. I’m confident Charles would have greatly contributed to our offense this year. I could already envision his show-stopping slide attack! Charles' character and resilience were on display in what would be our last practice of the season when, having just received the disappointing news late the night before that his trip to compete in a national track and field competition was canceled due to coronavirus, he still showed up at practice the next afternoon with an incredible attitude, ready to learn a new sport! This season Charles would have had to replace his LeBron jersey for an Eagles one, yet maybe he would have lobbied for our team swag to include an Eagles doo rag.


Favorite memory

“[Last season] ...being on the bench hyping up the team and keeping our spirits up. I really like the family that we had there and how we bonded. [This season] while I wasn’t very good at first, I saw that I could be good at volleyball one day. I loved how the team helped me learn and made me feel like a part of the unit.”


Advice to future Eagles

“Try something new, and get out of your comfort zone because that’s where you can really grow. You never know, you might just enjoy it or be good at it.” 


Future plans

Charles plans to pursue track and field in college at MSU or CMU and study business or pre-med. 

 

Hear from Coach Poel as he talk about these seniors here!

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