Players to watch: Michal Kasza
Michal Kasza isn’t just the best boys volleyball in the city this year, he’s the most dominant player to come around the five boroughs in quite some time, Academy of American Studies coach Josh Yang said.
But it’s more than just his powerful kills. Kasza is an all-around threat on both sides of the net.
“Everyone likes the kill, everyone likes the line shot and the bounce of the ball,” Yang said. “But watch him pass. Everything is on target. His passing is incredible…His defense is incredible.”
All the 5-foot-11 junior outside hitter did was lead the Eagles to their first-ever PSAL title. Kasza stepped up especially big in the final with 14 kills and seven digs in the final against Bronx Science.
“We just tried to neutralize him by going 6-7 and 6-4 against him, but he’s going to make plays,” Bronx Science coach Jeremy BasSie said after the match. “He’s the best player in the city.”
Kasza, whose brother Piotr is a star setter on the squad, was named MSG Varsity’s Boys Volleyball All-City Player of the Year. Yang said Michal and Piotr Kasza, as well as middle hitter Conrad Zajkowski, form a nucleus that not only helped put American Studies on the map, but also make the Eagles the favorite to repeat as PSAL champs.
“I don’t know what to tell him next year,” Yang said. “How am I going to make this kid better?”
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