VASJ finished 7-7 this spring in boys volleyball, and while it was a successful campaign, the future is what is very exciting to Coach Rytas Petraitis.
“We had three – sometimes four – freshmen on the court and this was a successful season in that respect,” Petraitis said.
“We were young and still learning, but we played well and want to turn this program into one of the elite programs in the area. I am very excited for the years to come and the future of the program.”
VASJ ended its tournament run in Massillon against a talent team from Kent.
Xavier Brown was a top-notch junior performer for the Vikings who earned postseason honors in the region. Kiras Kijauskas and Jeremy Neylon are talented freshmen who will only grow and get better as the program progresses.
Terrell Johnson-Jones emerged as a go-to middle hitter for VASJ, and will return next year as a senior.
Christopher Dykes was the lone senior for the Vikings in 2016, and will be missed upon graduation from a team that is progressing in a blossoming sport.
Petraitis hopes to have enough incoming freshman for a JV team next spring.
“We want to have young men who are excited to be a part of something special and we can continue to grow,” Petraitis said.
‘This is a team on the rise, and we have individuals who approached me and want to work in the offseason and get better. It is a very exciting time. …. We played some very experienced and talented teams with great depth and it was a great experience. It will only make us better moving forward.”