2016 Boys’ Volleyball All-Scholastics

Kelvin Rivera finished as a two-time All-Scholastic and Bay State All-Star.
Kelvin Rivera finished as a two-time All-Scholastic and Bay State All-Star.(Matthew Healey for The Boston Globe)

Player of the Year

Kelvin Rivera, Framingham, senior

The catalyst behind the program’s first state title, Rivera was the epitome of an all-around talent as an elite hitter (53.1 kill percentage), passer, and blocker. He finished as a two-time All-Scholastic and Bay State All-Star.


Landon Cass, Chelmsford, senior

Leading the Lions to their second straight North final appearance, Cass quarterbacked the offense by dishing out 770 assists while adding 146 digs and 19 aces. The setter finished his career with 1,509 assists, 333 digs, and 34 aces.

Diondre Charros-Gomes, Greater New Bedford, senior

The two-time South Alliance Player of the Year guided the Bears to the South finals with his aggressive play at the net. Charros-Gomes is a two-time All-Scholastic and one of the top players in Greater New Bedford history.


Matthew Chin, Framingham, junior

Chin was a key all-rotational player as the Flyers won their first state championship with an 85.9 serving percentage. He provided solid hitting percentages as an outside hitter and elite defense for one of the state’s top back lines.

Ryan Clifford, Brockton, senior

Clifford ended a stellar career with 668 kills, the most in school history, along with 716 digs, and 60 blocks. He volunteers with the Boxer Buddy Special Education program. He plans to play football at Saint Francis University.

Jake Connors, Newton North, senior

The three-time All-Scholastic helped lead the Tigers to a 15-3 record and the South semifinals for the second consecutive season. Connors, a libero and outside hitter, plans to play Division 3 volleyball at Rutgers-Newark.

Devin Dean, Andover, junior

The junior captain and outside hitter tallied more than 200 kills and was a top server for the 18-3 Golden Warriors this season. Dean earned Merrimack Valley All-Conference honors. He competes in winter track.

Neil Ferraro, Xaverian, senior

Ferraro racked up 504 kills this season to top the 1,000-kill mark for his three-year career. The outside hitter and two-time Western Alliance All-Star helped the Hawks earn a share of the league title.


David Ho, Latin Academy, senior

The three-year captain and outside hitter helped guide the Dragons to a 13-6 record this season and a Boston City League championship. Ho was also honored as the City League MVP. He plans to attend UMass-Boston.

Max Marolda, Lincoln-Sudbury, senior

Marolda helped guide the Warriors to a Dual County League title and the Central final. The middle hitter was the DCL Player of the Year with 290 kills this season, reaching 514 for his career. He will attend Loyola University.

Matthew McCarthy, Millis, senior

McCarthy, a two-time captain, led the Mohawks in hitting percentage while posting 183 kills and 69 assists this season. The opposite-side hitter helped his team capture a share of the Western Alliance League title.

Colin McNeely Cambridge, senior

The 6-foot-3-inch outside hitter posted 331 kills, 246 digs, 34 aces, and 143 service points while guiding his club to the North semifinals. McNeely, a two-time Dual County League All-Star, finished with 762 career kills.

Ismael Ralsten, Westford, senior

Ralsten earned Dual County League All-Star honors while guiding the Grey Ghosts to a 17-6 record and the North sectional championship. The outside hitter averaged 14 kills, 3.5 aces, 1.5 blocks, and 3.2 digs per game.

Trevor Schofield, Needham, senior

The versatile outside hitter amassed 212 kills to help the Rockets to their second straight South Sectional title and state final appearance. Schofield earned Bay State All-Star honors and will attend Penn State next year.


Simon Shulman, Needham, senior

The libero finished his four-year career as the Rockets’ all-time leader in digs (1,500). He collected 437 digs this season while leading a sturdy Needham defense to consecutive South Sectional titles and state final appearances.

Janci Soto, Lawrence, senior

The 6-foot-4-inch middle hitter guided the Lancers to the Merrimack Valley Conference title. Soto was a force at the net, racking up 263 kills and 85 blocks while also earning MVC MVP honors. He plans to attend Lasell College.

Terry Zhen, O’Bryant, junior

This outside hitter broke the school’s record for both kills (261) and digs (265) while helping the Tigers finish runner-up for the Boston City League title. Zhen also plays for the Boston Knights during the summer.

Coach of the Year

Emily Viti, Framingham

Viti guided the Flyers (22-1) to an impressive sweep of Needham in the state final, the program’s first championship. Framingham’s head coach since 2006, Viti works in the school’s Resiliency For Life program.


Bay State — Braintree: Francis Kokoros. Framingham: Matthew Chin, Kelvin Rivera. Natick: Dermot Adelman. Needham: Declan Ennis, Trevor Schofield, Simon Shulman. Newton North: Jake Connors, Travis Emenaker, Jake Fallon. Norwood: Jake Fleming. Wellesley: Will Mountzoures, Jan Nowak. Weymouth: Jake Macaibay.

Big Three — Brockton: Ryan Clifford.

Boston City — Latin Academy: David Ho, Jimmy Joachim, Tyler Polite. Madison Park: Eddie Barretto, Anthony Canady, Comilus Polk. O’Bryant: Julio Alvarado, Ricky Lee, Terry Zhen. West Roxbury: Ahmed Abdinoor, Meberd Antoine, Dhruval Thakkar.


Dual County — Acton-Boxborough: Andrew Yang. Arlington: Austin Lu. Boston Latin: Andreas Kaplan. Cambridge: Griffin Andres, Colin McNeely, Daniel Walsh. Lincoln-Sudbury: David Lucier, Max Marolda, Jamie McCready, Stephen Nobile. Newton South: Eli Braginsky, Noah Kopf. Wayland: Jack Fletcher, Calvin Neumeyer. Westford: Ismael Ralsten, Brendan Tierney.

Merrimack Valley — Andover: Angelo Cerbone, Devin Dean, Jeff Hunt. Central Catholic: Josh Abreu, Ian Carmichael, Andrew Dagher. Chelmsford: John Blake, Landon Cass, Evan Fletcher, William Higson. Haverhill: Jeremy DeRoche. Lawrence: Michael Jackson, Marquis Rios, Janci Soto, Kevin Vanderhorst. Lowell: Eric Douk. Methuen: Ricardo Castillo.Devin Dean. Chelmsford: Landon Cass. Lawrence: Janci Soto.

South Alliance — Barnstable: Scott Sawyer. Greater New Bedford: Diondre Charros-Gomes, Nicholas Frenette, Roy Matos, Isaac Santiago. North Quincy: Eric Huang, Anxhelo Taho, Zheng hao Zhang. Quincy: Christ Pham, Chris Situ, Xhuljo Zyba. Taunton: Lance Law.

Western Alliance — Millis: Matthew McCarthy. Xaverian: Neil Ferraro.

How we picked the team

The All-Scholastic boys’ track team was selected by the school sports staff. Selection is limited to MIAA schools that compete in EMass leagues. Text by Joseph Saade. Photos by Mark Lorez.