When it comes to volleyball, players have to be pretty tall to play the sport.
And at 6’8”, opposite hitter Johannes Brink, 21, a communications major fits the bill perfectly.
In fact, he’s the the tallest one on the team.
“He’s a great go-to guy mentally and physically and he’s very important to our team,” Orange Coast College’s men’s volleyball coach Travis Turner said.
One of Brink’s huge games came from OCC’s gym on March 20 against the ever-so-threatening Irvine Valley College. Brink had 21 kills and led OCC to breaking out the brooms and sweeping up the Lasers.
“I love playing in front of big crowds and feeding off their energy, away or not,” Brink said.
A graduate of Norco High School, Brink started playing volleyball during his freshman year of high school.
“When I started playing volleyball I picked up the game really quickly and that’s how I am where I am now.” Brink said.
In 2009 and 2010, Brink was a part of Norco’s boys’ varsity CIF championship volleyball team.
He also played basketball at Norco, but his decision was to take volleyball by storm.
”I liked playing basketball, but I thought volleyball was more my thing because I like to work hard and see the results in actual games.” Brink said.
Before OCC, he was enrolled at Cal Baptist University. Now, he is a powerhouse for OCC’s men’s volleyball team.
Captain of the team, Brandon Cruz, 23, a psychology major, said that he felt honored to be Brink’s teammate.
“Johannes has a lot of leadership and he’s there almost every play in practice and in our games,” Cruz said.
Another teammate, Scott Enos, 21, a communications major, said that he’s the reason why OCC has played well in conference.
“Johannes is a huge piece to our puzzle and we really need him to play well.” Enos said.
Brink said that he would like to play at a division one university after OCC.