Mike McGiveron has coached some talented players during his three-year run as the Pilgrim boys’ volleyball coach.
None of them have been as good as Sean St. Jacques.
St. Jacques, a senior, led Pilgrim to its first ever boys’ volleyball title this spring, and did so with his leadership and skill setting the tone every step of the way.
“That’s easily the case,” McGiveron said about St. Jacques being the best player he’s coached.
It wasn’t always that way, though. Prior to his senior season, St. Jacques was coming off a strong junior season, but it wasn’t anything like the dominant senior season he put together.
The transformation took place in the off-season between his junior and senior years, where he began to play consistently. He joined a travel team, played in tournaments, and played as much volleyball as he could.
The results were evident when he took the court for Pilgrim.
He was serving better, hitting harder and doing everything he could to make the team the best it could be.
“He was jump serving at about 80 percent, which is ridiculous,” McGiveron said. “He put the ball wherever he wanted on the court when he went to attack, with a power angle or just a soft cutter. He knows exactly where the block is.”
Suddenly, St. Jacques was one of the top players in the state, and the entire team followed suit. Pilgrim went undefeated for the season, and capped it off with a 3-0 sweep of fellow-unbeaten Barrington in the Division II title match.
In that match, St. Jacques had 18 kills and eight blocks.
“It was almost like a dream come true for the team,” St. Jacques said. “It was just perfect. We couldn’t have imagined it going any better. We just did as much as we could.”
The result was a championship and a phenomenal season for St. Jacques. He’s planning on attending CCRI in the fall, and playing volleyball for the Knights.
They’ll be getting a player who can do it all.
“I think a lot of the reason for our success was that he was wiling to put in the time to make others better,” McGiveron said. “We had such a well-rounded team and guys that were first year players. The reason that we were who we were was the time that he wanted to put in for the others to make them better.”