It was a common game plan at Pasadena Poly boys' volleyball matches the past four seasons. Hand the ball to opposite hitter Michael Saeta and odds were his thunderous jump-serve would be accurate and turn into something positive for the Panthers.
The 6-foot-5 Saeta proved to be an intimidating force for Poly. Besides his serving, Saeta could pound a ball for a kill or make a picture-perfect pass to a teammate to keep a rally going. The senior outside hitter made his teammates better while sporting a calm demeanor during a match.
It looked relatively easy for Saeta, but he's still learning each day about the finer techniques of the sport.
"I've always wanted to find ways to grow as a player since my freshman year," said the UC Irvine-bound Saeta, who finished his senior season with 536 kills, 218 digs, 89 aces and 45 blocks. "It's a great sport to be a part of, but I still need to find ways to improve my overall game before I head off to college."