Volleyball Q&A with senior Max Hlavin

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Volleyball Q&A with senior Max Hlavin

Senior Max Hlavin jumps to spike the ball at the other team.

Senior Max Hlavin jumps to spike the ball at the other team.

Photo Courtesy Max Hlavin

Senior Max Hlavin jumps to spike the ball at the other team.

Photo Courtesy Max Hlavin

Photo Courtesy Max Hlavin

Senior Max Hlavin jumps to spike the ball at the other team.

Q: What made you decide to play volleyball?

A: I decided to join volleyball because my brother, who is in college now, played at DGS, and growing up, when I was in middle school, I saw the team that won state back in 2013, and I saw my brother be a part of all the greatness here. That just really inspired me to want to join and be a part of the team, so I started playing in middle school and came over here.

Q: What’s your favorite memory from your volleyball career?

A: My favorite memory, being here playing volleyball, would be my sophomore year when we beat Glenbard West who had been undefeated for the past eight years in a row. We beat them in the championship at their tournament.

Q: How has this volleyball season been going?

A: This season has been going really well for us. We started off a little rough and encountered a couple of injuries throughout the start of the season, but we’ve got a group of experienced guys. We’re really playing well together right now, and we’re going to make a big run hopefully.

Q: What kind of training do you do at a typical practice?

A: We all play club outside of school, and we get a lot of training through there also, but during school practices … we have an off-season lifting program that we do multiple days a week. When we’re in-season, we also do circuit training down in the weight room after practice and a lot of running and lifting and then agility stuff and jumping during practice as well.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about playing volleyball?

A: My favorite thing about playing volleyball would be just the friendships I’ve made here and the memories, because the sport is fun and everything, but I have made some of my closest and best friends through the DGS volleyball program, and friendships don’t end for a long time, so I’m probably most happy for that.

Q: Who has been the biggest influence in your volleyball career?

A: My biggest influence would probably be my brother … because he plays Division I volleyball in college now, so if I ever need advice for anything, I know I can always feel free to go to him because I know that he’s been through this program before, and he got a lot of awards here, so I have someone good to look up to.

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