Cougar volleyball posts another winning season in 2016 Credit: Kean Athletics
By Joel Joly | April 29, 2016
Th e Kean men’s volleyball team defeated Ramapo College in the 2016 Skyline Championship game, on April 10 earning its 30th win of the season.
Third-year head coach Charlie Ginex spoke on the success of his team from the struggles they experienced at the beginning of the season.
“When we started our season and we were dealing with all these young kids, it was not always easy,” Ginex said. “But to see where they were then, and where they are now, its pretty darn amazing. I’ve had other teams that had seen us in the beginning of the year tell us point blank, you guys are the total opposite team from where you were.”
The Cougars began their season slow, compared to last season’s major successes. To start, they had an even record with five wins and five losses during the month of January. However, they went on a 15 game winning streak, between February until mid-March in a loss to Warner University. After the loss, the Cougars went on a 10-game winning streak.
Since January, they have 25 wins and one loss. Some of the Cougars earned outstanding awards during the season. Senior team captain Tommy Rosario was named Skyline Conference Player Of The Year on April 11. He was named Skyline Player of the Week twice throughout the 2016 campaign. He was also named the National Player of the Week by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Nicholas Buseski earned Skyline Conference Rookie of the Week recognition, and was named Skyline Conference Rookie of the Year in April. Sophomore outside hitter, Jacob Kauff man captured the Skyline Conference’s first Men’s Volleyball Player of the Week Award during the beginning of the season.
“With such a young team in the world of volleyball, outside of this campus, I don’t think anybody thought we would be where we are today,” Ginex said.