Five West, Southwest Orange high school boys volleyball named to All-American watch list

The American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its 2024 boys All-American team watch list in late March.

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Five West Orange and Southwest Orange County boys volleyball players have been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s 2024 All-American Team watch list. 

Lead the pack are a pair of West Orange High (3-5) players Pedro Motta-Charamba and Samuel Souza; the Warriors are the only school in the area with more than one representative. 

Souza, a 6-foot-2 junior outside hitter for the Warriors, has recorded 101 kills, 17 total blocks, 50 digs and seven aces so far this season, while junior setter Motta-Charamba has racked up 192 assists, 61 digs, 36 kills and 18 aces. 

The other three players named to the AVCA watch list are Horizon High’s 6-foot-6 senior outside hitter James Candrian, who leads the Hawks (8-2) with 104 kills and 11 aces, Windermere (5-4) senior middle blocker Hayden Spears; an Ohio State signee, who's had 93 kills and 15 total blocks, and Olympia High’s 6-foot-2 sophomore outside hitter Leonardo Nabut.



Sam Albuquerque

A native of João Pessoa, Brazil, Sam Albuquerque moved in 1997 to Central Florida as a kid. After earning a communications degree in 2016 from the University of Central Florida, he started his career covering sports as a producer for a local radio station, ESPN 580 Orlando. He went on to earn a master’s degree in editorial journalism from Northwestern University, before moving to South Carolina to cover local sports for the USA Today Network’s Spartanburg Herald-Journal. When he’s not working, you can find him spending time with his lovely wife, Sarah, newborn son, Noah, and dog named Skulí.

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