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September 12, 2012

Jack Heary carrying on family tradition within St. Joe's volleyball program

Jack Heary never really stood in the shadow of his older brother. 

Bobby Heary was second team all-Western New York last season and led St. Joe's in every statistical category, but it's impossible to miss Jack.

Standing 5-foot-10 in the land of the volleyball giants, the senior has a rare assortment of talents on the court that make him hard to overlook, according to Marauders coach Mark Anzalone.

"He's a consistent player, a quiet leader and he's always doing what he's supposed to be doing," Anzalone said. "He can play every position on the court. Even at his size — he's our setter but he's also a great libero — he can hit, he can serve, he can play defense and he can do every part of the game."

Heary lives volleyball. He has since he was 12 years old. He plays volleyball year round and has practiced his craft through club volleyball and off season training regiments.

The moment he knew volleyball was his sport was the first time he stepped onto the court in a varsity game.

"Sophomore year I got called up in the (Championship) game against Canisius," Heary said. "I got in to serve and I knew then that I could play."

Heary's coach got a glimpse of what kind of player he was going to be when the young 15-year-old won 10 straight jump serves, an amazing feat for a player in his first varsity action. 

It was a game oozing with pressure for every player on the court. For Heary to go in, against St. Joe's' fiercest rival, and show no signs of intimidation impressed Anzalone.

Heary has improved every season since he started playing volleyball. He has a desire to be great and it pushes him to learn and develop new skills.

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