Preview men’s volleyball season 2022 | Sport

OSKALOOSA — William Penn’s second season in men’s volleyball history saw substantial growth from their young core, including the program’s first visit to the playoffs of the Heart of America Athletic Conference. While their first foray into the Heart Tournament resulted in a first-round exit, Head Coach Luke Bentley is looking to lead his returning squad to a deep run in the playoffs this year.

outside hitters

Ike Papes (Jr., Elwood, Ill., Business Management) will once again be a widely used weapon on the outside. Papes has led the team in kills each of the last two seasons, including 333 last season. CJ Rettig (Jr., Sierra Madre, California, Physical Education) will once again play a major role. Rettig is also one of the better defenders on the team, finishing last season with 140 kills and 137 digs.

Caleb Seguin (Sr., Pickering, Ontario, Digital Communication) and Luke Scheuble (Jr., Hemet, California, Wellness and Recreation) will also provide depth on the offensive side. Seguin played in 14 games last season and Scheuble also serves as a strong defensive and serving option.

right side

Anthony Torres (So., Aurora, Ill., Computer Science) will look to build on his strong season into 2021. Torres, who finished third on the team last year in kills with 164, is also one of the best servers on the team, finishing tied for the team leader with 25 service aces. Newcomer Landon Krause (So., Appleton, Wis., Sports Management) also plays a major role this season, with Leonardo Minetto (So., Florianopolis, Brazil, Political Science) adding depth to the position.

Middle Hitters

The Statesmen have the best depth in the center found in the heart. Charlie Figy (So., Appleton, Wis., Sports Management) and Eli Herro (Jr., Dousman, Wis., Business Management) have both had impressive seasons. Figy, who was named All-Heart’s second-team last year, came in second on the team with 188 kills, hitting an impressive .362 clip over the year. He also finished tops on the team with 103 total blocks. Herro finished the year with 143 kills with an efficient success rate of 0.329. Herro is also a strong defensive presence in the net, finishing with 80 total blocks.

Setter

Connor Muff (Sr., Kenosha, Wis., Business Management) is lining up to take on most of the duties again in 2022. Muff, who also took the team lead in service ace with 25, scored 872 assists last season, a good mark for third at heart.

Defense / Free

After a solid freshman campaign, Carlos Garcia (Jr., Laredo, Texas, Biology) returns as the primary libero for the Statesmen. He led the team with 221. The Statesmen’s forwards are also very adept defenders, so Rettig, Papes, Krause and Torres will also be heavily involved in the back row.

Conference/Schedule

The Heart aims to become a stacked conference for men’s volleyball again. Defending national champions Grand View take the top spot nationally, with three other teams in the top 15 and Mount Mercy getting votes. William Penn enters the season in the receiving votes section after getting votes for the first time in program history last year.

The Statesmen have 14 home games scheduled this year and will open their season at home against Clarke Pride on Wednesday, January 19. The first service for the season opener is scheduled for 7 p.m. From there, they will have two road races over the weekend before embarking on a string of five consecutive home games. They will host their first-ever tournament at the Penn Activity Center on March 4-5 and will conclude their home game with a doubleheader on March 15.

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