Badgers Boys Volleyball Off to a Great Start
March 24, 2023 by Alan Kornspan

The Badgers boys volleyball team is off to a great start in this, the inaugural year of OHSAA boys volleyball.

Match photos click here.

The Badgers boys volleyball team is off to a great start in this, the inaugural year of OHSAA boys volleyball.

While the Badgers have had a boys volleyball team the past few years, this is the first year boys volleyball is a recognized OHSAA varsity sport.

With the change, more Geauga County schools have also added boys volleyball this year.

Chardon added a boys volleyball team that faced Berkshire on March 16. In an extremely close match, the Badgers defeated the Hilltoppers, 3 games to 1.

“It was an awesome match. It’s great to have Geauga County rivals forming here in boys volleyball,” Berkshire Head Coach Tim Percic said. “For the last couple years, we have been by ourselves here, and so we heard about Chardon and now NDCL, so I am looking forward to some hometown competition.”

The Badgers vs. Hiltoppers match was extremely competitive. It started very close as both teams split the first two games. Berkshire won the first game, 28-26.

The Hilltoppers, though, came back strong in the second game and defeated the Badgers, 25-19.

The third game was very intense and shifted the momentum in the Badgers’ favor as they defeated the Hilltoppers, 31-29.

“It was neck and neck,” Berkshire’s Apollo Percic said. “We just didn’t want to let it go. We were determined to get that point to get us up 2-1.”

Added Eric Hotchkiss, “We were just happy to pull through and get it done.”

Coach Percic also discussed Berkshire’s pivotal third-game victory.

“We have a tendency to go into a slump, like a lot of teams do, and things get out of sorts; you

know, you get comfortable. Those are two enemies of good volleyball,” he said. “And so credit to the guys: they screwed their heads on straight and really pulled themselves together. Again, Chardon is an awesome team, lots of smart players, good hitters and good setting, and it wasn’t easy. We just had to find our way.”

As the Badgers battled through game three, the players talked about what Coach Percic told them during a few crucial time outs.

“He was just saying (to) keep our heads and play like we know how, and we’ll pull it off,” Apollo said.

Added Hotchkiss, “(Coach said) keep our composure, we’ll get the W.”

Coach Percic also talked about staying focused.

“For us, it’s always about the next point,” he said. “When it builds like that, there is no place to hide on a volleyball court. So the tension really builds, and when you go into extra points like that, it is just something we have to fight through. We had to find a way to be calm in the eye of the storm.”

The Badgers claimed victory by winning game four, 25-19.

They returned to the court March 21 against Perry and March 24 against NDCL.

The Hilltoppers played Perry March 20, then Midview March 22.