Mustangs hoped to finish season as strong as they started it

The Otay Ranch High School boys volleyball team was off to a 6-2 start in non-league play prior to the premature ending to the season.

The Mustangs had averaged 11.5 kills per set, 13.2 digs per set and two aces per set as they recorded 2-0 sweeps over four opponents in the Sweetwater Prime Sports Invitational and defeated two other teams by scores of 3-1.

Otay Ranch advanced to the Gold Division quarterfinals in the Sweetwater tournament, losing to eventual division champion Bishop’s.

The Mustangs’ 2020 lineup included six seniors: defensive specialist-outside hitter Jason Andora, libero Andres Bringas, outside hitter Zachary Solomon, setter Logan Freeman, middle blocker Jaxon Wolf and opposite hitter Eric DeGuire.

Junior Joseph Firebaugh (6-2, 168) led the team with 61 kills in 21 sets, followed by Solomon (5-11, 140) with 36 kills in 17 sets.

Firebaugh also led the team with 11 aces, followed by Bringas (5-6, 120) with nine aces.

Bringas paced Otay Ranch with 101 digs, followed by Foreman (6-2, 140) and Firebaugh each with 40 digs.

Foreman topped the team with 180 assists.

The season was halted before the Mustangs could enter Mesa League play after posting a 30-9-2 record in 2019 with a semifinal finish in the San Diego Section Division I playoffs.

“It sucks for the seniors not having a chance to enjoy their last year of high school,” Otay Ranch coach Michael Pandaan said. “They were all really looking forward to graduation, grad night and prom.”


Otay Ranch Mustangs
2020 Spring Leaders

Kills: Joseph Firebaugh 61, Zachary Solomon 36, Francisco Cabrera 32, J Foreman 21, Justin Ayer 21, Damian Angulo 18, Ethan Knight 17, Jaxon Wolf 17, Jason Andora 13

Aces: Joseph Firebaugh 11, Andres Bringas 9

Blocks: Francisco Cabrera 26, Damian Angulo 11

Digs: Andres Bringas 101, Logan Foreman 20, Joseph Firebaugh 40, Jason Andora 32, Zachary Solomon 26, Ethan Knight 16

Assists: Logan Foreman 180


Logan Foreman

Sports: Volleyball (four years), soccer (one year)

Awards: CSF life member and principal’s honor roll

Proudest moment: Playing in Hawaii

Future plans: Attend SDSU


Zachary Solomon

Sports: Volleyball (three years), football (two years), basketball (two years)

School activities: MEChA officer

Awards: Principal’s honor roll

Proudest moment: First varsity start

Future plans: Attend SDSU for four years


Andres Bringas

Sports: Volleyball (2016-2020). soccer (2016-2017)

School activities: MEChA club, dual language club, folklorico

Awards: Principal’s honor roll

Proudest moment: Maintaining a 4.1 GPA, being team captain of my volleyball team and being in the principal’s honor roll for all four years of my high school career have all given me satisfaction. But I believe my proudest moment will be when I graduate with CSF.

Future plans: Attend San Diego State University and major in kinesiology in hopes of becoming a physician’s assistant or a physical therapist.