January 20, 2020 – By NJP
Chris Larkin is really looking forward to his senior year. We chatted with him as he was preparing for the Rochester bid tournament that his Warren SixPack 18-1 squad was about to debark for. Chris has made the top team at SixPack for the past three years, for his age level, clearly distinguishing him as one of NJ’s top players.
As far as high school goes, Chris is ready to lead the Marauders to new heights as a senior. The powerful outside hitter was instrumental in getting St. Peter’s to Sectional finals last year. And this years team comes in ranked #7 in the preseason NJP rankings and has high hopes to have their best year since Chris was a freshman. PSR at this link: https://njpowerranking.com/st-peters-prep-2020-psr/
Chris possesses the full package of skills. He is a leaper, has acceleration and quickness and can explode on sets as good as anyone in NJ. His powerful right arm is tough to defend. And he also has solid passing abilities. His stats echoed these assertions as a junior as he tallied almost 250 kills, 185 digs, and 21 aces. He seems to just always get better as each game passes and Hudson County teams are going to have a tough time staying with Chris and with the Marauders in 2020.
Here is our interview with Chris…
Hi Chris…Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a senior at St. Peter’s Prep from Westfield, New Jersey. I am the son of Karen and Kevin Larkin and I am the youngest of 4 kids, my two brothers being Conor and Kevin and my sister Kaitlyn.
How long have you played volleyball?
I have played volleyball since the summer prior to my freshman year of high school, so about 4 years.
What inspired you to take up volleyball initially?
My older brother Conor played volleyball as well as a couple of my cousins, and whenever I went to go watch one of their games I knew it was something that I wanted to at least give a shot. When I finally got the chance to play myself, I quickly fell in love with the game and the rest is history.
What are your metrics/details? Height, vertical, position, club team, etc…
I am a 6’3 outside with a 37 inch vertical, and I play for the Warren Sixpack 18-1 team.
Who is your support group?
My family are definitely my biggest supporters without a doubt. My parents are there to support me at every single one of my games, my brother Conor has taught me just about everything I know when it comes to volleyball, and I am fortunate enough to have my grandparents make it out to a lot of my games. Family is very important to me, and it means the world to me to have such a supportive group with me both on and off the court.
How will your high school team do in the upcoming season? Do you have a lot of returning players? What will be the key to success?
I think that we have a great opportunity to really turn some heads this upcoming season. We were able to make it to the state sectional final last year, and with a lot of our players returning this season, and I think we all expect to make a deep run this season. Our key to success this year will be our passing, and if we are able to improve in that area as a team I think it could make us a scary team.