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    Rytas Petraitis isn't concerned with the Villa Angela-St. Joseph boys volleyball win-loss record.

    The first-year Vikings coach is much more interested in the progress of the program, and more importantly, the future.

    VASJ won 2 of the first 11 matches played this spring, but the bigger picture is what Petraitis is focused on.

    "We get better every day and that is exciting to see," Petraitis said.

    "We are in a development phase as a program. I look at the sophomores and the freshmen and what we have coming in and where we can be in a few years and that is what is the most important thing right now. We want to get kids to understand the volleyball culture and I think our guys are getting it."

    Senior Denard Zamora has been a standout for the Vikings and Petraitis lauded his effort.

    "Any time the ball gets set, you expect Denard to put it down, that is how good he has been," Petraitis said.

    VASJ will face a difficult schedule upcoming, including state-ranked Walsh Jesuit at home.
     

    Steve Harehttps://www.ohiovarsity.com
    The creator and publisher of OhioVarsity.com, Hare has covered high school sports in Northeast Ohio since 1997. He began as a correspondent for the Lake County News Herald, where he contributed until 2011, primarily covering high school football and wrestling. In 1999, Hare began writing for IrishIllustrated.com, a member of the Scout.com network of high school and college sports web sites. He focuses on covering Notre Dame football recruiting. OhioVarsity.com was created in 2004 and was a member of the Rivals.com network until 2012. The site's original purpose was to cover Ohio high school football and recruiting news but since has grown to cover all sports and to provide sports information services to high school athletic programs and individual teams. Hare attended Willoughby South High School through the middle of his senior year, then graduated from Berkshire High School in Burton in 1986. He played football, wrestled and was an all-Geauga county baseball player (1986). He lives in Chardon with his wife Paulette and their children.
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