By Giselle Arellano
Senior Adan Bernal was looking for something different to do to finish up his athletic career. The senior played three years of football, did two years of track, and opted to finish his athletic career with volleyball.
After some initial struggles, Bernal became one of the team’s most reliable players.
“I wanted to try something new, then I stayed because I wasn’t that good to start and I don’t like being bad at things,” Bernal said.
Bernal credits his friends – and girls volleyball players – Melany Rico, Gaby Fernandez, and Ursula Ardon for pushing him into trying volleyball.
Volleyball coach Keala Enomoto described Bernal as a “natural leader and methodical” on the court.
“I think (leadership) just comes naturally, especially this year when no one else was really able to fit that role,” Bernal said.
After high school, Bernal plans to go to Nevada State College for a year before transferring to Southern Utah University to major in athletic training and minor in mechanical engineering.
Bernal is not the only senior wrapping up his athletic career on the volleyball team.
Jake Abrego, Sam Realica, Isaiah Sales, Benjamin Kirshbaum, and Felix Ruth also are finishing up their Chaparral High School careers.
Abrego missed most of the past season with an injury, but Enomoto called Abrego a “driven” athlete, who managed to play on senior night.
Enomoto called Realica “respectful” and an athlete that “goes above and beyond anything a coach would ask.” Realica performed well in his final home game, registering 23 assists against Desert Pines.
As for Sales, Enomoto credited him for being a “quick learner”. Coach K called Kirshbaum, who had an impressive showing on Senior night with 12 kills, “really talented and athletic,” while Enomoto called Ruth “passionate.”