Pumas reach final four for 2nd time

Playoffs are a time for teams to become closer than ever and for coaches to showcase the true abilities of their teams. However, halfway through their 2017-18 season, Brian Pomerantz left his position as head coach of the men’s volleyball team. After the loss of their head coach, Ryan Tolman stepped up to take over the position and lead the team to wind down one of their most successful seasons yet.

On Sat. May, 7 the Pumas went head to head with Boulder Creek in the first round of the state playoffs. The No. 8 Pumas played a tough match and came out on top, winning the match vs. the No. 9 in five sets.

They went on to play in the state quarterfinal game against No.1, Chandler High School, and yet again the Pumas brought home the win in one of their most intense matches of the season. After going back and forth with Chandler throughout the regular season, 3-3, the finally took The Wolves down once and for all.

This season has been one of their most successful by far, as they made it to the 6A state semifinals. In the semifinal game against No.4, Sandra Day O’Connor, the Pumas lost the in 3 sets.

“It was a hard game to lose because of everything we have gone through together and everything we’ve done throughout the season and in the off season.” Junior middle hitter, Matthew Motes said of the game against O’Connor.

Even though the Pumas fell just short of the championship, their season overall was a very rewarding one. They grew as a team and prospered both on and off the court.

Motes said, “This season was really successful and we came closer together as a team. The seniors really led us through the season with good leadership skills.”