Cecchini’s passion brings out the best

Published 12:57 am Saturday, September 29, 2018

Carlo Cecchini was voted Suffolk News-Herald Player of the Week after totaling eight kills, 32 assists and seven aces in two key wins for the Bulldogs.

The King’s Fork High School boys’ volleyball team has only two wins this season, but they have had a bright spot in junior Carlo Cecchini, who has had a strong season so far.

King’s Fork’s two wins came over its cross-city rivals, Lakeland High School and Nansemond River High School. Things were just clicking for Cecchini and the Bulldogs, and he felt good being able to help his team win.

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“I felt like I played as hard as I could,” he said. “I felt like I was really feeling it in those games.”

Cecchini knew the importance of getting those two wins for his team. He felt like it showed the team its potential when they play like they know they can. The game against Nansemond River, in particular, was an exciting one for the Bulldog junior. He transferred over to King’s Fork this year after being at Nansemond River for his previous two years of high school. In that game, he led the Bulldogs with six kills, 25 assists and four aces.

The standout Bulldog is self-motivated by the mindset he takes into every game. He is a passionate player that wants to leave it all out on the court every chance he gets. His coaches have described him as the heart and soul of the team. At all times, he is committed to making the Bulldogs a better team whenever they step out on the court.

“I just want to leave it all out on the court,” he said. “At the end of the day, I want to be able to say I did everything I could. I take a lot of pride in being able to bring passion to the team.”

“He is the glue to our team,” Coach Angie Gatling said. “He leads in a powerful way. Any coach would be proud to have a player like him on their team.”

Cecchini’s progression over the last couple of years has been interesting. He has played volleyball for only three years but has found a way to be an impact player in a short amount of time. He’s a curious athlete, always wanting to learn, whether it’s from his teammates or his coaches.

“When I look back at how I used to play, I’m definitely proud of how much I’ve improved,” he said. “I’m always looking for ways to improve my game.”

If Cecchini continues to play hard, he could find himself on some postseason accolades lists.