VASJ boys volleyball coach Rytas Petraitis has a message for future opponents of the Vikings.

“We are a very young team still learning the sport, almost like a young JV team playing an elite varsity schedule. But very soon, these guys are going to turn some heads. People are going to know VASJ has boys volleyball as a spring sport,” Petraitis said.

Petraitis, a 2010 VASJ grad, said routinely the Vikings play with four freshmen on the floor at the same time. VASJ is off to a 1-4 start this spring, but Petraitis said the level of opponent (Walsh Jesuit and others) coupled with the competitive nature of the games does not fully indicate how the Vikings have performed this season.

“We have been right there in a lot of matches, and just came up short,” Petraitis said.

“We have guys learning every day and you can see their level of commitment and raw talent and I am just very excited for the future. Especially with this freshman class and some incoming freshmen next year I really think we a chance to be an impact program in the area.”

VASJ is led by junior outside hitter Xavier Brown, junior middle hitter Terrell Johnson-Jones and freshman setter Kiras Kijauskas.

Petraitis said communication and energy are key to success for the young Vikings.

VASJ next hosts Amherst Steele on April 14.