By Emmagrace Brock | Reporter
Coached by John and Stephanie Zeigler, Avon’s boys’ volleyball team began in the spring of 2016 with about 15 to 20 players. Since the team is not supported by the school district, they are considered a club sport. The club pays for gym space at Avon Middle School North for their two hour practices during the week. Matches and tournaments come two to three times a week against various Indiana boys’ volleyball teams.
Senior Alex Zeigler plays as the starting setter and leads the team along with senior Zach Khan playing outside and senior Neel Sangani playing opposite. Additionally, they have returning player Luke Davis who also plays on a club team.
“We have a solid returning roster with players in many different positions and a strong set of newcomers,” Zeigler said. “Our returning players have been working hard during the off-season.”
There are about 35 boys volleyball programs in the state with some of the best in central Indiana being Brownsburg, Cathedral, Carmel, Hamilton Southeastern, Zionsville and Fishers. Avon’s team has had a record of 5-15 and hopes to improve in the years to come.
“This season we’re shooting for state. We hope to end with a winning record,” Zeigler said.
The season begins late February with the first practice on February 23 and lasts through the middle of May. The average number of players each year is about 12 to 15.
“It’s a smaller program, but we’re hoping to grow the sport so everyone can play and love it like we do,” Zeigler said.
Photo submitted by Alex Zeigler