The Bellarmine varsity volleyball team has been the perennial powerhouse of Northern California volleyball since CCS officially added the sport in 1997. The bells have won 13 CCS championships with the most recent coming in 2018. In 2016, the bells brought home the school’s first ever Northern California State Tournament Championship.
2019 was another exceptional year for the volleyball team. The Bells took home their fourth straight West Catholic Athletic League Championship, the school’s 15 overall. They performed well throughout the season finishing with a record of 30-9 with most of their losses coming to schools ranked nationally within the top 25. The Bells finished in the Gold Bracket of the Santa Barbara Tournament of champions and took fourth at their own Bellarmine Invitational tournament; both tournaments feature some of the premier teams in the nation.
The Bells would go on to compete in the Northern California State tournament. Their first match was against a young and talented squad from Campolindo high school, the Bells would prevail in 3 sets. The team would then be upended in the semi-finals by a very strong Harker team. Overall the Bells had a tremendous season filled with both team and individual accolades. The team ended the season ranked 24th in the nation, Christopher Boken was named the WCAL MVP and he was the first Bell player to receive this award since 2011, and Christopher Varseveld was named as a 2nd team high school all-American. The team graduated 10 seniors but has a solid group of young players ready to tackle the challenges of the 2020 season.
Coach Tyler Hinz joined Bellarmine in 2015 after spending 11 years coaching club volleyball for some of the elite boys’ volleyball clubs in the area. Since taking over at Bellarmine, the Bells have won the West Catholic Athletic League Title for the past four seasons, they have won two Central Coast Section Championships (2016, 2018) and he lead the Bells to their first ever Nor Cal State title in 2016. Coach Hinz was recognized in 2016 as the California Coaches Federation coach of the year as well as the Volleyball Magazine national coach of the year. He played collegiately at California Baptist University and was part of two NAIA national championship teams, spent two seasons at UC Santa Cruz with a squad that made it to the final four his junior year, and then played two years of Collegiate club volleyball where he was a two time all-American.