Although the Clovis East Timberwolves were a few sets away from a Valley Championship weeks ago, Marcos Orro and company turned their shortcomings into something spectacular.
With a 3-1-win victory over Serra-San Mateo, winning 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 25-19, the Timberwolves were crowned Northern California Division II champions. Clovis East received the top seed in Division II, and they took the competition to their opponents.
Coming from the Tri-River Athletic Conference, Clovis East was used to the grind of a back-and-forth volleyball match. Clovis East upended the best team in the TRAC and one of the best in the nation in Clovis North, but also finished off a strong 43-11 campaign.
All season long, Orro preached about getting better and focusing on improvement. And, after their Valley Championship loss, the Timberwolves dug deep to find themselves. During the 2018-19 season, Clovis East was 8-5 at home, 5-2 away from home and 30-4 in a neutral setting.
No matter where the Timberwolves played, they were more than prepared to win every set.
With a regional championship under their belt, the Timberwolves look to build off their success and missteps in 2019. Like Orro said after the Valley Championship loss in the Clovis High gym, “we’ll be back.”