Athlete Spotlight: Boys Volleyball Seniors


Anthony Yero, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Last week, the ILS Instagram continued its Athlete Spotlight series by emphasizing the two senior members of the boys volleyball team. Sebastian Pozo and Cristian Rodriguez were both essential in the growth of the young group.

Following a 6-9 season, the ILS VB team graduated eights seniors and left Pozo and Rodriguez as the leaders of the program.

Rodriguez was a versatile, go-getter for the Royal Lions. Offensively, the setter has amassed 170 assists in the past two seasons and 3.1 assists per set ratio. On defense, he collected 82 digs in 55 sets played. Rodriguez led ILS in assists as a junior (124) and senior (46), in addition to being first in digs this season (24).

“My time as an athlete at ILS was one of my favorite parents of high school and I’m glad that I was able to represent this school,” said Rodriguez.

Over the past three seasons, Rodriguez has been a leader on the court statistically, but also off it. As a senior, he was named captain and made it aware that he was confident in his team’s development before COVID-19 cut the season short.

ILS got off to a slow start during the season but were able to send it off on a winning note, a four-set (28-26, 24-26, 25-21 and 27-25) victory over Coral Gables. Rodriguez led the team with 22 assists, 1 block, and 3 kills.

Pozo was a two-year member of the program. As a junior, he put on a volleyball jersey for the first time and worked hard enough to earn a role on the team. He tallied 27 digs, 28 serve receptions, and four kills throughout the past two seasons.

“My time playing at LaSalle made me grow as a leader and as a person but it was also some of the best memories of my high school career,” said Pozo.

He constantly brought high energy and enthusiasm to practice and games, which he hopes will relay to the 5 upcoming seniors next season.

“The only advice I have is to appreciate the time you give into the team.”

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Today Athletic Senior Spotlight goes to our Boys’ Volleyball team. The team had 2 seniors this season, Cristian Rodriguez and Sebastian Pozo. Cristian has been on the team since his sophomore year and has been a great player for the team all 3 years. His main position is setter, which he does a phenomenal job of. It doesn’t matter where on the court the ball is, Cristian is athletic and quick enough to get there and make sure he’s setting his teammates up for a solid hit. Sebastian has been on the team for the last 2 seasons. You can always count on his high energy and enthusiasm at every game and practice. He continued to improve as a volleyball player and helped the team a lot this season. Both young men have been great student athletes and are true Royal Lions! We wish them both all the success in the world as they continue on life’s journey! Sebastian will continue that journey at Florida State University, while Cristian is undecided on FIU or UCF. #goroyals

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