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Senior Trent Massey goes up to strike the ball down for a point against SLUH.

Drew Whitaker, News Editor

Spring sports are back in full swing with the Baseball and Lacrosse teams gaining most of the attention with hot starts and seemingly bright futures. What people might not realize is that of all the school’s successful spring sports, the Volleyball team, led by Co Captain Trent Massey is the hottest of them all.

Since being named Co Captain with teammate Evan Gresham, Trent Massey has led the Spartans to a 14-0 start.

“The mindset is that we don’t have a bunch of goals, it’s not winning the conference, it’s not going undefeated, it’s winning state,” Massey said. “If that means that we have to go undefeated to be the best team and win a state championship, then that’s what we will do.”

On March 30, the Volleyball team snapped SLUH’s 76-match winning streak, a streak that spanned 1,407 days with a four set victory.

“Obviously SLUH has been amazing for countless years, so beating them was awesome,” Massey said. “We kind of went into the game thinking it’s just another game that we needed to win to accomplish our goal.”

The Volleyball team lost last year in the state semifinals to Parkway West. This year, with five seniors leading the charge, the Spartans have a bigger goal.

“Last year we kind of laid the foundation for this incredible group to build off of,” Coach Tim Haffner said. “Team chemistry, work ethic in practice, expectations for each other, supporting each other in every way. It really is a family of guys that started last year and has continued this season.”

Massey recently committed to continue his volleyball career at Webber International University.

“It’s one of my goals to grow the sport of volleyball and bring attention to it,” Massey said. “Seeing students come out to support the team means the world because we get to show them how fun volleyball really is and we feed off their energy.”