Michael Trygar is well on his way to becoming one of the most decorated volleyball players in Western Wayne history.
A perennial all star, Trygar enters the 2013 season as the Lackawanna League's reigning Most Valuable Player. The high flying senior is also captain of a Wildcat squad considered a prohibitive favorite to challenge North Pocono and Holy Redeemer for the District Two title.
On Tuesday, Trygar and his teammates celebrated Opening Night with a dominant performance against Elk Lake. The 'Cats jumped on a young Warriors squad early and never looked back en route to a 3-0 shutout.
Game scores were 25-14, 25-14, 25-15.
"We played okay, but there's still a lot of room for improvement," Michael told TWI Sports afterward. "We have to keep working hard because we want to go farther than we did last year."
The 2012 Western Wayne team finished 13-1 and tied atop the Lackawanna League standings with Trail. The 'Cats lost a special playoff for the regular season crown and eventually fell to Redeemer in the District Two title tilt.
"Obviously, we still have a very long way to go," veteran coach Tim Snyder said. "This team definitely has the potential to go as far or even farther. But, there are so many hurdles between now and then."
Next on the agenda for Western Wayne is a Thursday night road trip to Mountain View. That match is slated for a 6:30 p.m. start in Kingsley.
Trygar wasted no time flexing his muscles against Elk Lake on Tuesday.
Last year's MVP brought Varden Garden fans to their feet with a thunderous crosscourt kill early in Game One. He also recorded a pair of blocks that helped the 'Cats roll to a 25-14 victory.
Trygar would finish up his night with a team best nine kills and nine blocks.
Page 2 of 2 - "I felt pretty good out there tonight," Michael said. "My defense was good, but I still want to get better with passing and serving."
According to Coach Snyder, the very same thing could be said for his team as a whole.
"When we don't pass the ball, our entire offense just diappears," he said. "I'm really focusing on getting the kids to move the all and run our offense more consistently."
While Trygar provided most of the highlight reel material, several other Wildcats also turned in solid performances.
First year varsity setter Sam Hoch earned high marks from his mentor for a strong opener. Hoch ran Western Wayne's offense efficiently, posting 63 sets on his way to a match-high 24 assists.
"I'm pretty pleased with how Sam played tonight," said Coach Snyder. "He's been working very hard and he's getting better all the time."
Western Wayne simply overpowered the inexperienced Warriors, sealing the deal on a Week One shutout.
The 'Cats won Game Two 25-14, then closed things out with 25-15 Game Three triumph.
Frank Juhasz made his presence felt at the net, hammering home six kills.
Patrick Miller also contributed key plays, carding three kills and two blocks.
John Hanna (four kills) and Chaz Zawislak (three aces) rounded out ghe Wildcat attack.
Score by Games...
WW (1-0) 25 25 25 - 3
EL (0-1) 14 14 14 - 0