A confident McLain Mott said a poised and ready Cienega Bobcats boys volleyball team is ahead of last years successful state semifinal team.
Cienega is coming off winning the Lancer Invitational. Mott understands what is at stake as the season progresses. Being a four-year varsity player, he wants a state championship more than ever as a senior.
“Last year at the Canyon Del Oro tourney we lost to Rincon and weren’t this solid,” Mott said. “We are more consistent, but it is hard to judge from last year. I know myself, I have got a lot better since then.”
Playing every set this year, Mott is the core leader for the Bobcats. Approaching his kill total of 135 last year, Mott is able to play with hitting offense more because of one of his new teammates, his younger brother Carson Mott.
As a freshman, Carson has settled into a back-row role learning from upperclassmen Javi Sommers, Jacob Duron, Colton Todd and Ethan Iago. Iago was in a similar role last year that Carson is in this year.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of such a successful volleyball team,” Carson said. “I learn something new everyday from the older guys and just glad I can get out on the court and compete with my brothers.”
McLain says that the newcomers including his brother have contributed and have been big for the Bobcats.
Cienega is atop the Class 5A Southern Region standings and is undefeated in regular-season play.
The Bobcats boast a 14-4 record in tournament play that stretches from Las Vegas to Phoenix and then back to Tucson. That experience has helped mature this Bobcat squad, which includes five new faces that receive quality court time.
The Bobcats continue their path back to the semifinals with a matchup against Mountain View, which took a set against the Bobcats earlier in the year, the first set they dropped all season.
The Mott brothers are a huge factor for another postseason run for Cienega.
“We just have to keep having intense practices and then using the games we have left to polish up,” McLain said.