Senior libero Ryan Dal Degan and the St. Charles North boys volleyball team flipped the script on the West Aurora tournament during the weekend, winning the championship after three successive runner-up finishes. The title run was part of North’s 6-0 start through Monday, and helped Dal Degan earn recognition as the St. Charles Bank & Trust-Kane County Chronicle Athlete of the Week. Chronicle sports reporter Kevin Druley caught up with Dal Degan about the team. The following is an edited transcript:
How’s the morale been during this start?
It’s been very high. We won the West Aurora tournament over the weekend. The biggest thing that’s been going well for us is our energy and team chemistry. There are 12 seniors out of 14 guys on the team.
We all know each other very well, we’ve played four years in the same program, we’ve played club together. … We have known what our team was going to look like from day one when last season ended.
You’re attending Vanderbilt. What are you looking to study?
Pre medicine. Probably biology, mostly, in that pre-med track. … After all the ACT tests last year, I did really well on one in particular in April. I got a 34. … So after that, I went out and kind of opened up new avenues of colleges to look at and Vanderbilt was recommended to me by a guidance counselor.
Do you have any pregame meal or snack rituals?
Not really. Usually we’re there way before our game to help set up for the JV team and kind of all hang around.