Senior Staff Writer
Photo by Matt Scholtz
When it comes to volleyball, no one is more noticeable on the court than senior Greg Luck. Although many view Luck as the face of SPHS volleyball, it was a steady journey to stardom for the 6’6’’ outside hitter.
Luck took interest in volleyball in fifth grade after he saw his older sister played the sport. Luck and his brother Max both played in the San Gabriel Elite Volleyball Club and were heavily involved in sports at Holy Family School, playing basketball, volleyball and flag football.
Luck made an immediate impact on the SPHS volleyball team, helping the Tigers win two CIF championships in his freshman and sophomore year. His junior year, South Pasadena was moved from Division III to Division II, where they fell in CIF quarterfinals to Camarillo High School. Luck would return his senior year and lead the number 11 seed Tigers to the CIF quarterfinals, where they would upset the number two seed Laguna Beach Breakers, but fell to Burroughs High School in the next round.
Luck’s other accomplishments include being a part of four teams that have claimed first place in Rio Hondo League, with three in volleyball and one in basketball. Luck has also received First Team All-Rio Hondo League three times in volleyball and once in basketball.
“South Pasadena is a wonderful community.” Luck said. “I’ve learned a lot here and made good relationships. [I’ll miss] the people at the school, my coaches, teachers and teammates that I’ll never play with again.”
Luck will continue his volleyball career at Princeton University and major in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.
“Greg’s first impression on people is usually someone who resembles a tall giraffe,” senior Matthew Ng said. “He is a kind person who brings leadership to the team and gives us motivation to play everyday.”