All-Bee Teams

All-Bee boys volleyball: Buchanan tandem Co-Players of the Year

In the beginning, well, it's a matter of whom you want to believe.

There's the ever Buchanan High Bear of Brash, Jon Ferrari, who will tell you of his first quick-set to Tim Moses as seventh-graders at Alta Sierra Intermediate: "It was insane. I remember, 'Wow.' "

Or the "random-play" set to Moses in offseason club before their freshman seasons at Buchanan: "He cranked it straight down, inside the 10-foot line. That's when I was like, 'This is going to work for awhile.' Everyone knew there was a connection."

Everyone?

How about Bears varsity coach John Jay? He was watching, partly impressed; mostly humored: "It was if they were chasing butterflies. They had no concept about volleyball. It was totally Bad News Bears, even though Jon thinks they were really good.

"But they've come a long way, obviously."

Obvious is this, and the beginnings don't matter: The setter/strike combination of Ferrari/Moses was not only the best in Fresno County this season, but one of the most electric the area has ever seen.

And oh how The Bee's co-Players of the Year in boys volleyball liked to be seen, dancing, jumping, pumping fists and raising their shirts, particularly after executing their signature "5" play -- a reverse set from Ferrari to right-side hitter Moses, who dropped bombs from atop his extraordinary 40-inch vertical jump.

"Jon and Tim, yes, they were a little different," Jay says, again unable to restrain a chuckle. "They were a little more flashy. I think they just enjoyed the spotlight, they liked getting the crowd going. And they fed off that."

What a show it was.

They closed their careers with a 37-6 record this season, a second consecutive Central Section title and No. 16 national ranking by ESPNHS. And their three-year varsity record of 108-18 also featured a 39-3 mark in 2011, when Buchanan captured the Southern California Regional and was second-ranked nationally.

The Bears, down 0-2, rallied to defeat Otay Ranch-Chula Vista 3-2 in that regional final.

A year later the Bears, down 0-2, rallied to defeat rival Clovis West 3-2 for the repeat section title.

For Ferrari and Moses, the more drama the better.

"We were really good when our backs were against the wall," says Ferrari, whose hobbled-yet-flawless comeback late in set 4 against Clovis West following an ankle injury only added to the theater.

He checks out top-ranked in aces (145) and digs (421) and No. 3 in assists (2,408) on Buchanan's career charts.

Completing the section's most complete arsenal, The Bee's 2011 Player of the Year also delivered 252 of his 389 career kills this season, helping ease the loss of powerful front-liners Dakota Smith and Taylor Gasman from last year's team.

"Jon obviously brought something different to the table," Jay says. "He was kind of goofy, but he was also the biggest factor in the game."

The 6-foot-3 Moses, headed to Concordia on scholarship, produced 784 career kills -- a school record during the rally-scoring era, which began in 2004. And 345 of those kills came this season.

He also leaves with 116 career aces, 110 blocks, 114 digs and 66 assists.

"If it was ever 15-14 in the fifth game, I mean we're going to run a 5 and he'll crank the 10-footer straight down for the win," Ferrari says. "That's the ideal situation every time. It's easy the way he hits."


Co-Players of the Year: Jon Ferrari and Tim Moses

School: Buchanan

Grades: Seniors

They're qualified because: Combining precision, power and theatrics as one of top setter/hitter tandems the Central Section has seen, they led the Bears to a 37-6 record, a second-straight section title and closed their three-year careers at 108-18. This season, Ferrari delivered 1,061 assists, 252 kills, 170 digs, 87 aces and 75 blocks; Moses 345 kills, 49 aces, 41 digs, 38 assists and 28 blocks. Next: Ferrari will attempt to play pro in Europe; Moses will play on scholarship at Concordia.

He said it: "Jon was the backbone of the team with the offense he was able to run and control. He's a very talented and gifted setter. And Tim was the player every team had to focus on because of his strong offensive game. He's one of the best hitters to come out of the Valley -- ever." -- Bullard coach Roy Verduzco.

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