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Sports

York volleyball player Rio Diaz is the Athlete of the Week sponsored by Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group

Rio Diaz
Rio Diaz

Rio Diaz

York

Volleyball

Senior

Why Diaz was selected:

Diaz guided the offense and dished out 14 assists in the Dukes’ match against Glenbard West on April 4.

It’s still early in the boys volleyball season, but Diaz and his York teammates already have shown they have the potential to make some noise in the playoffs. The Dukes played two-time defending state champion Glenbard West tough in a two-set loss, a performance that came on the heels of winning the title at the Thornton Fractional North tournament April 1. Diaz, the Suburban Life Athlete of the Week sponsored by Gracik Makinney Real Estate Group, spoke with sports editor Jason Rossi about playing Glenbard West, being a senior leader, and more. Here’s an edited transcript:

Rossi: What is the mindset you have when you’re facing a team like Glenbard West?

Diaz: I think what we wanted to do was play our hardest and go out there with no fear knowing we had nothing to lose. I think that mentality was pretty huge for us.

Rossi: Playing a team like Glenbard West this early in the season, what does it tell you about your team?

Diaz: I think playing such a good team so early in the season is going to help us so much in the long run because we know what we have to do against good teams and we have so much time to practice.

Rossi: How are things going this year at this point in the season compared with last year?

Diaz: Last year we had much higher expectations because we had a more star-studded lineup. This year we started about the same, but I think it’s because we went into it without any expectations. We went out there fearlessly and playing to win.

Rossi: As a senior with varsity experience, what is your role with this team?

Diaz: It’s keeping everyone focused on the game and keeping all our different personalities glued together in a manner that allows our team to win and get better every day in practice.

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