WHS seniors #8 Cameron Ky and #13 Conor Senk helped lead the Eagles to a semifinal appearance in 2019. Photo credit- Jo-Ann Campbell
Congratulations to the Class of 2020! This week we recognize the senior boys’ volleyball players. Information provided by the school’s athletic department and coaches.
Entering 2020, the Indians were in uncharted territory after accomplishing a three-peat last spring, winning back-to-back-to-back state titles from 2017-2019. Last season’s title was the team’s sixth championship in the past eight years, placing them on the Mount Rushmore of Connecticut’s high school sports programs.
Alex Nguyen was expected to have an expanded role in the team’s quest for a fourth straight state championship. Off the court, he was the Vice President of Latin Club and a member of Latin Honor Society. Nguyen will attend the University of Connecticut to study pharmacy.
Jasper Cayunda was a three-year player who played a pivotal role in the team’s three-peat a season ago. He finished fifth on the team in digs (112) and served up 12 aces in 2019. Cayunda is off to the University of St. Joseph to study biomedical sciences.
Keenan Esau was a four-year member who started a season ago, registering 55 kills and 17 blocks in 2019. He was also an All-State football player in the fall and a part of History National Honors Society. Esau will play both volleyball and football at Nichols College in Massachusetts.
Zach Demarco was another four-year member who also excelled on the football field, starting the last two years on the gridiron. Demarco will attend Central Connecticut State University to study business management.
Alex DiPaola was in line to take over the starting setter role, after finishing second on the team with 115 assists in 2019. He also excelled as an ice hockey goalie in the winter and was part of Italian National Honor Society. DiPaolo will continue his volleyball journey at Regis College in Massachusetts and study biology.
Krystian Kujawa was slated to have a larger role this spring and was an honor roll student in the classroom. Kujawa will attend Central Connecticut State University to study mechanical engineering.
Justin Gogluicci was primed to make a varsity impact on the court this spring, also playing football the last three years and running cross country as a freshman. Gogluicci will now help serve our country, committing to the United State Air Force.
Razik Amadou was a three-year member of the team, breaking out last spring with 38 kills and 15 blocks as a junior. He also shined on the basketball courts at NHS. Amadou will now be studying health sciences at Western New England University.
Message from coach Debbie O’Brien, “These seniors are an incredible group of athletes, students, and young adults who excel on the court and in the classroom. They would have been incredible leaders and role models. They have always worked hard to improve their skills and were great team players. There is no doubt in my mind that they would have picked up where we left off last year and that with their leadership, work ethic, drive to succeed, and natural talent that we would have had another successful season this year.”
Conor Senk was entering his third varsity season, earning all-conference honors as a sophomore and junior. He was also selected to the Junior All Select Team last spring, after finishing with a team-high 295 kills when combining his front row and back row kills, helping lead the Eagles to the Class M semifinals. The outside hitter also racked up 193 digs, 40 aces, and finished with a passing efficiency of 2.03. Senk will be attending Plymouth State in New Hampshire and is keeping his volleyball options open.
Cameron Ky was the team’s energizer on the court and coach O’Brien referred to him as “one of, if not the, best libero we have ever had on the team.” In 2019 he led the team with 261 digs, had a passing efficiency of 2.07, and developed into one of the team’s better servers, finishing with a serving efficiency of 84%. Ky earned All-Academic team honors as a junior and is now off to the University of Connecticut to major in computer science and play club or intermural volleyball.
Luciano Quagliaroli played his first varsity season as a junior and would been an integral part of the team this spring, especially on serve receive and defense. The defensive specialist was also the team’s reserve libero. Quagliaroli also earned All-Academic team honors.
Rei Koni was another first year player a season ago, who improved his skills throughout last season and earned All-Academic Honors. He was slated to be a key part on both offense and defense in 2020. Koni, who also played soccer at WHS, will be attending the University of Connecticut.
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