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2015 Boys’ Volleyball All-Scholastics

Needham finished the season with a state title and an undefeated 25-0 record.Scott Eisen for The Boston Globe

Player of the Year

Alex Raskind, Needham, senior

Raskind dictated the state champions’ offense, recording 657 assists and 87 blocks. He capped his career with 2,072 total assists. The SMASH Volleyball member and New England Region champion will play in Nationals.


Ryan Celli, St. John’s Prep, senior

The captain dished out 582 assists to cap his three-year career with a total of 1,062. Celli’s leadership earned him the Eagles’ Coach’s Award for a season that ended with a 14-5 mark. He will attend Roger Williams University.

Diondre Charros-Gomes, Greater New Bedford, junior

The South Alliance Player of the Year helped the Bears (16-3) advance to the South quarterfinals. Charros-Gomes delivered 295 kills, 22 blocks, 158 digs, and 45 aces. He plays for the Bay State Coastal Regional team.


Jared Chin, Newton South, senior

Chin finished his career as a three-year varsity setter and with a team record of 67-4. He led the Lions to three DCL titles, three South sectional appearances, and a state championship. He has a school record 2,365 assists.

Jake Connors, Newton North, junior

A repeat Bay State Conference All-Star and a two-time All-Scholastic, Connors led the Tigers to a 14-4 record and a spot in the South semifinals. The Tigers’ 3-2 loss to Newton South was one of the best matches of the season.

Tim Fanning, Needham, senior

The 6-foot-7 outside hitter delivered 387 kills for the state champion Rockets and was named a Bay State All-Star. He played SMASH club volleyball for three years and will play club volleyball at Lehigh.

Andy Henriquez, Lawrence, senior

Now a two-time All-Scholastic, Henriquez was named the Merrimack Valley MVP this spring. He led the Lancers to a 16-6 season that ended in the North semifinals. Last season, he helped Lawrence reach the North final.

Michael Horenstein, Newton South, senior


The opposite hitter delivered a team-leading 267 kills, .366 hitting percentage, and 82 blocks for the Lions, who had their 47-game winning streak snapped in the South final. Horenstein is a 2014 state champion.

Skyler Kaufman, Needham, senior

Kaufman, the 6-foot-9 middle hitter, helped lead the undefeated Rockets (26-0) to the program’s first state title. The Bay State All-Star and team MVP led Needham with 409 kills and compiled a 68-5 record as a three-year letterman.

Matthew Kuda, Chelmsford, senior

Leading the Lions to the North title, the co-captain amassed 101 kills despite missing 12 games to an ankle injury. Kuda finished his four-year varsity career (54-7 record as starter) with 585 kills and 172½ blocks.

Joe Markey, Chelmsford, senior

The two-time Merrimack Valley All-Conference outside hitter had 172 kills, 113 digs, and 21 aces to help Chelmsford win its first ever North sectional crown. He earned the Gold Medal in the Bay State Games last summer.

Max Marolda, Lincoln-Sudbury, junior

Marolda was the Warriors’ MVP in a spring season that ended with a 19-4 record that included a Central sectional title. Marolda, a junior, earned first team All-Star honors in the competitive Dual County League.

Kelvin Rivera, Framingham, junior

Rivera carried a young Flyers squad to the Central final. He dominated the floor with 417 kills, 147 digs, 30 blocks, and 46 aces. The USA A1 High Performance member will play for the Junior Nationals team.

Ethan Talkov, St. John’s Prep, senior

The 6-foot-8 middle hitter anchored an Eagles run to the North quarterfinals with 272 kills and 73 blocks. Talkov earned back-to-back team MVP honors in his final two seasons, capping his career with 604 kills and 203 blocks.


Henok Tilahun, Cambridge, senior

The two-time All-Scholastic and captain dished out 725 assists along with 81 service aces and 155 digs. Tilahun finished his career in the 1,000-point club with 1,283 assists. He is a 2012 volleyball state champion.

Erik Vega, Milford, senior

Milford’s co-MVP was a three-year starter and two-year captain. The outside hitter led the Scarlet Hawks with 240 kills and finished with 573 career kills. He led the team in receptions with 209 and digs with 151.

Owen Warren, Lexington, senior

Leading the Minutemen to their first North finals appearance, Warren averaged 25 kills, 21 digs, and 5 service aces per game in the tournament. He registered 326 kills, 202 digs, 62 solo blocks, and 28 aces this spring.

Coach of the Year

Dave Powell, Needham

Powell directed the Rockets to an undefeated season and the program’s first state title. ‘‘This team displayed a tremendous amount of grit, resiliency, intensity, and poise.’’ Powell has a 111-25 record in six years at Needham.


Bay State — Framingham: Kelvin Rivera. Natick: Thomas Flaherty, Andrew Lydon. Needham: Tim Fanning, Skyler Kaufman, Alex Raskind, Greg Zacharakis. Newton North: Jake Connors, Wyatt Emenaker. Wellesley: Charlie Bolton, Andrew Lull, Jan Nowak.

Big Three — Brockton: Andrew Bergen, Ryan Clifford, Simon El-Chami, Fabricio Lopes. Durfee: Marc Akouri. New Bedford: Matt Eires, Quincy Pope.

Boston City — Brighton: Wen An Gao, Zigor Duarte, Nuno Martins. Latin Academy: Danny Ho, David Ho, Jimmy Joachim. Madison Park: Eddie Barretto, Anthony Canady. O’Bryant: Sam Calmon, Andrew Simpson, Rhondell Teesdale. West Roxbury: Jackson David, Davis Jaheem, Ramos Ravidson.


Dual County — Acton-Boxborough: Matthew Phillips. Arlington: Josh Lee. Boston Latin: Peter Skerret. Cambridge: Anderson Cenescar, Henok Tilahun. Lincoln-Sudbury: Isaac Elder, Scott Henderson, Max Marolda. Newton South: Jared Chin, Joe Esbenshade, Michael Horenstein, Jonathan Lee. Wayland: Andrew Straube, Pierce vanMulbregt. Westford: Peter Hurley, Christopher Imbriaco.

Merrimack Valley — Andover: Connor Merinder. Central Catholic: Jacob Francis, Kyle Thing. Chelmsford: Landon Class, Matthew Kuda, Joe Markey, Mike McCarthy. Haverhill: Connor Peterson, Dan Sullivan. Lawrence: Joel Carmona, Andy Henriquez, Marquis Rios, Jenci Soto. Lowell: Sovannanth Douk. Methuen: Tim Galloway-Burke. St. John’s Prep: Ryan Celli, Ethan Talkov.

South Alliance — Barnstable: Donny Mac, Scott Sawyer, Harry West Mather. Greater New Bedford: Diondre Charros-Gomes, Matthew Lemieux, Cole McGarty, Isaac Santiago. North Quincy: Jackie Chen, Anxhelo Taho, Zheng Hao Zhang. Quincy: Xhuljo Zyba. Taunton: Yuri Valente.

How we picked them: The All-Scholastic boys’ volleyball team was selected by the school sports staff. Selection is limited to MIAA schools that compete in EMass leagues.