2018 Boys Volleyball Review
With a four-set win over archrival Cathedral, the Roncalli boys volleyball team captured the 2018 IBVCA (Indiana Boys Volleyball Coaches Association) State Title. The state title is the program’s first and it came in the program’s fifth trip to the championship match. In the lead-up to the final match, Roncalli defeated Fishers (3-0) and Carmel (3-0). The Rebels finished the season with a 29-3 record and lost only 11 sets all season. Along the way, the Rebels won their 10th consecutive regional championship and captured their second straight Circle City Conference championship.
Senior Blake Powell was named the team’s MVP. Juniors Sam Eiland and Austin Hendricks were selected as the team’s offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively. Senior Nick Williams won the team’s service award and senior Kyle Carpenter earned the team’s mental attitude award.
Williams, Powell and Eiland were all chosen to the all-state tournament team by the state’s coaches and Williams was named the tournament’s MVP. Along with Hendricks, the group also was named IBVCA All-State and All-Circle City Conference. Seniors Ben Asdell, Kyle Carpenter, Michael Frausto and Nick Williams, along with juniors Austin Hendricks, Connor Kuntz and Benji Pesto were all chosen IBVCA Academic All-State.
Nick Williams concluded his career with the program records for career blocks (214) and single-season blocks (107), as well as single-season hitting percentage (.558) and career hitting percentage (.465).