Alter girls volleyball coach Tina Jasinowski has led the Knights to three Division II state titles this decade. Now she hopes to do the same with the boys program.
Jasinowski enters her fourth season in charge of the Knights boys team with a 29-40 record. There is plenty of optimism.
In addition to the Knights dropping down to Division II with the creation of two classifications now in boys volleyball, Alter returns a ton of experience (six seniors and four juniors) from last year’s team that finished 9-14.
The Knights, who are in search of their first state berth, were regional runner-ups in 2006 and 2007.
“I am very excited about this season because we have a ton of ability, lots of experience and a great deal of versatility,” Jasinowski said. “Our guys are setting their sights pretty high and are already working hard in hopes of achieving their goals. It's going to be a fun year!”
The Knights had to replace 11 seniors last season and this year face no such task.
Senior Robbie Courtney (6-foot-4; outside hitter) headlines the roster and earned the honor recently of being the school’s first boys volleyball recruit. Courtney, a three-year starter who led the team in aces, kills and ace percentage, is headed to Quincy (Ill.) University. Courtney was also second in assists, third in digs and blocks and set a new Alter season ace record in 2007.
Other key returners include seniors Sam Miller, Anthony Hess and Matt Girouard.
Miller is a 6-4 setter who led the team in assists and serve percentage last year and was third in kills. He is a three-year starter.
Hess, a 6-4 middle hitter, came off the bench last season but is expected to make significant contributions this year.
Girouard is a 5-9 libero who will also see action at outside hitter. Jasinowski said he has “huge hops.”
Kevin Van Oss, a 6-7 junior, is also expected to make an impact from his outside hitter position.
Jasinowski calls this squad one of the “most athletic” Alter has ever fielded and expects the Knights to challenge for the first GCL title in program history.