AV Boys Volleyball works their way to first in the league


Elyssa Lieu

Luke Melvin (’23) and Nate Clinton (’23) dash to block the Gaels from scoring.

Thomas Kim, AVT Editor

Amador Valley’s Boys Volleyball has exceeded their early expectations, as they have bounced to a first place standing in EBAL with wins over powerhouse teams. 

“As a whole we have a very hungry mentality to improve everyday, and that starts with our coaches in practice pushing us to improve in all aspects of the game along with our experienced players helping everyone develop,” said Tyler Homes (‘23).

The team has started with dominant wins over De La Salle and Dublin, the second and fifth place teams in EBAL, respectively. Coming into the season, there was uncertainty where Amador’s team would stack up against the top competition, especially with an unorthodox season last year, but the team quickly solidified themselves as a popular contender for the EBAL title and beyond. 

“Our strong start is very important, but it is important to keep this consistency throughout the entire season to complete our goal of winning NCS,” said Nathan Clinton (‘23).

Through the Covid season last year, it has been difficult for teams to develop a genuine chemistry and togetherness, but this was not the case for the volleyball team, as many of the team has spent months and even years on the same club team which has allowed them to develop a strong sense of awareness on the court. The club–Bay to Bay–is one of the top Northern California volleyball clubs, sending top players to the next level at some of the most prestigious colleges and universities. 

“I feel that our team chemistry makes us special, coming from the fact that the majority of us play for the same club,” said Max Riter (‘25).

While the team is experienced with a lot of upperclassmen, there are a few freshmen and sophomores who are fortunate to learn from the team’s captains. Communication is often an overlooked aspect of volleyball, but the captains have made sure to treat all parts of the game with careful consideration and teach others to do the same. 

“Our two team captains, Nate Clinton and Bryce Nohava, have been mentors to me. I try to emulate their work ethic, talent, and leadership,” said Riter

Some may believe that hours and hours of practice on the court together are the greatest keys to success, but the team follows a somewhat different philosophy. Team parties have been a significant event to build stronger relationships which has made games and practices more enjoyable. 

“Not only being in sync on the court is important, but also off the court too. We try to have weekly team gatherings outside the court to become closer together, and I think that has translated to our play on the court,” said Clinton.