2019 Boys Volleyball Review
The boys volleyball team set a program record with 35 wins, but fell one victory shy of defending its state championship, losing in the championship match to top-ranked Fishers. The Rebels finished with a 35-6 record and were ranked among the state’s top three all season. The team reached the championship match with a win over third-ranked Floyd Central (3-0), making it four championship match appearances in the last six years. Along the way to the final, the Rebels won their 11th consecutive regional championship and captured their third-straight Circle City Conference championship.
Senior Zach Straumins was named the team’s MVP and senior Benji Pesto earned the team’s mental attitude award. Straumins was named all-state by the Indiana Boys Volleyball Coaches Association (IBVCA), with fellow seniors Sam Eiland and Austin Hendricks and junior Alex Payne. That same group of four players were named to the All-Circle City Conference team. Straumins and Eiland were selected to the all-tournament team. Seniors Luke Grannan, Connor Kuntz, along with Hendricks, Pesto and juniors Zach Mayer and Alex Nettles were named IBVCA academic all-state.
Sam Eiland concluded his career with program records for career assists (2,775) and season assists (977). Austin Hendricks ended his career with program records for season (418) and career digs (868). Zach Straumins graduates with the career record for most kills (268). Junior Alex Payne set a new program mark for single-season blocks (113).