Attia Soliman has played various positions over his career with the Hilliard Bradley High School boys volleyball team, but this season the senior is back where he feels most comfortable.
Soliman has returned to playing libero, the position he played as a freshman, after being a setter as a sophomore and an outside hitter last season. He also serves as libero for his club team and expects to play that position for Lincoln Memorial University -- a Division II program -- in Harrogate, Tennessee.
"In club, I play libero, but I've played all over in (high) school," Soliman said. "I just move to wherever I was needed, and I was there for (the team).
"Libero is my most comfortable position. I feel like I can direct the guys, lead the guys and get them to the right spot. It's kind of like the quarterback, essentially, besides the setter. You just direct people on the court."
Coach Zach Franklin said Soliman is like having a "secondary" coach on the court during matches and practice.
"Attia's passing has always been good, but his biggest jump has been his leadership role," said Franklin, whose team was 13-5 overall and 10-3 in the OCC-Cardinal Division before playing Darby on May 7.
"He said he not only wanted get better at volleyball, but get better as a leader, especially with the young kids we have now. We have a freshman passer in J.J. Moine and (Soliman) has taken the role of working with him. I can let him be a secondary coach, working with the passers when I can take time to work with the hitters."
Through 17 matches, Soliman totaled 242 digs, an average of 4.0 per game. He also had 48 assists and 19 serving aces.
"I think I bring leadership and experience in just directing the guys and knowing what to do defensively and in serve-receive," Soliman said. "We're pretty young when we look at our team. In our rotation, we have three sophomores and one freshman on the court. I pass on what I know and they really want to learn and get better.
"The mental part of the game is the toughest. You can have one mistake and you could let that affect the next couple of plays. I feel like that is something that I have improved upon in the last couple of years. I have gotten stronger (mentally) and I'm able to move on to the next play. You have to be mentally strong and have a short memory."
Soliman said he began playing volleyball at age 10 and learned a lot about the sport through his older brother, Ryan Hayes, a 2011 Bradley graduate.
"I was like the little brother who got dragged around to the tournaments," Soliman said. "I picked it up and learned how to pepper it at a really young age.
"I think the thing I like most about volleyball is the bond that you make with the guys. It doesn't matter where you play, you get to know your guys and it's really a brotherhood. You spend time in (the gym) working every single day. I like that it's a team sport. You need to be six strong and have every single guy on the bench ready to come in at any time."
Baseball team tries to stay in OCC race
The baseball team lost to Dublin Scioto 7-4 on May 6 and was 13-10 overall and 8-3 in the OCC-Cardinal before playing the Irish again on May 7.
Entering play May 7, the Jaguars were two games behind Darby (10-1) with three league games remaining for both teams. Bradley played host to the Panthers on May 8 and will visit Darby on Friday, May 10.
The Jaguars are seeded 11th of 48 teams in the Division I district tournament and have a first-round bye. They open in the second round Wednesday, May 15, at home against 17th-seeded Mount Vernon or 42nd-seeded Newark, with the winner advancing to a district semifinal May 21.
Through 22 games, Drew Donaldson was batting .369 with nine RBI, 20 runs scored and a .494 on-base percentage, Dalton Planck was batting .333 with 16 RBI and 14 runs and Luke Wolfgram-Evans was hitting .323 with eight RBI, 11 runs and eight stolen bases.
Softball squad falls to Eagles
The 17th-seeded softball team lost to 22nd-seeded New Albany 6-3 in the first round of the Division I district tournament May 6 to finish 13-8 overall.
The Jaguars finished 10-4 in the OCC-Cardinal.
Athletes announce college decisions
Seventeen student-athletes announced their college decisions May 2.
Luke Barren will play baseball at Otterbein, Zeke Bennett will compete in men's track and field at Wittenberg, Matthew Berner will play men's soccer at Mount Union, Andrea Decker will play women's soccer at Mount Union, Daniel Dougherty will play men's soccer at Marietta, Hope Funderburg will compete in women's track and field at Capital, Alyssa Jones will compete in women's track and field at Wittenberg, Drew Keep will play men's basketball at Ashland, Ethan Love will compete in men's soccer at Ohio Wesleyan, Aaron Malarkey will play football at Walsh, Michaela Medich will compete in women's golf at Marietta, Dalton Planck will play baseball at Bluffton, Mauricio Ramirez will play men's soccer at Wittenberg, Carolyn Satre will compete in women's crew at Ohio State, Emily Siford will play women's lacrosse at Capital, Attia Soliman will play men's volleyball at Lincoln Memorial and Griffin Veil will play football at Wittenberg.
Below are the coming schedules for the Bradley boys lacrosse, girls lacrosse, boys tennis and track & field teams:
May 14 -- At 10th-seeded Miamisburg in first round of Division I, Region 3 tournament. Winner plays top-seeded Upper Arlington or 14th-seeded Kettering Alter in regional quarterfinal May 17. The Jaguars are seeded 11th.
May 9 -- At Bexley
May 10 -- Home vs. Davidson
May 13 -- At fourth-seeded Dublin Coffman in first round of Division I, Region 3 tournament. Winner plays fifth-seeded Dublin Scioto or 14th-seeded Gahanna in regional quarterfinal May 17. The Jaguars are seeded 16th.
May 9, 11 -- Division I sectional at Reynoldsburg. The top four finishers in singles and doubles advance to district May 16 and 18 at Reynoldsburg.
TRACK & FIELD
May 9, 11 -- OCC-Cardinal meet at Davidson
May 14-16, 18 -- Division I district meet at Darby. The boys are competing in district 3 and girls are competing in district 1. The top four finishers in each event advance to regional May 22 and 24 at Pickerington North.