Coach: West Milford's men's volleyball captains dedicated on and off court
West Milford's Tyler Thenell strikes the ball towards rising Vernon defenders.
By Josh Lashley West Milford — This is just the third year competing at the varsity level for the West Milford High School boy’s volleyball program, and be assured that they are making positive strides. Helping this young team make progress are three seniors captains — Nick Beyjoun, Tyler Thenell and Marcus Bogusewski. Alyssa Forget, the Highlanders’ head coach, said that Bogusewski injured his knee during the preseason and is out for the season. “Each of these student athletes were elected captain due to their hard work and dedication to the team both during the season and during the off season,’’ Forget said. “During the season, all three are very supportive of their teammates and encourage them to do their best. "They also lead on the court by showing the younger players how to be successful. In the off season all three played volleyball as often as possible and encouraged other players to do the same. “Nick Beyjoun leads the team in aces with 18 and assists with 131. "Currently he has 466 career digs, so he will most likely reach 500 by the end of the season. Tyler Thenell leads the team in service points with 48 and has 59 digs for the year.’’ Proof that Bogusewski, Thenell and Beyjoun were the right selections to be the captains can be seen in the ways in which they interact with their teammates. “Since the beginning of the season, they have really helped the communication on the team improve as well as bringing confidence to the rest of the team,’’ Forget said. “Tyler is a very versatile player who can be successful no matter what position he is put in to. This year he has played outside, middle and defense specialist as needed. "He is also one of our most consistent servers and helps us go on valuable runs. “Nick is one of the two setters on my team and when he is setting he runs the offense effectively," Forget said. "Since the beginning of the season his decision making has really improved which has helped us have a more effective offense.’’ West Milford has earned some impressive victories so far this spring and coach Forget mentions some of the other student-athletes on the roster who have been factors on the court. “Adam Nickelston, a junior outside hitter that leads our team in kills and Tommy Trainor, a senior, libero leads our team in digs,’’ Forget said. Note: The statistics mentioned above were from matched played through the month of April.