At 5’7, senior starting setter and hitter Dakota Segina totals 92 assists with a 3.7 average assist per set. Segina also upholds 36 kills, 40 digs, 17 aces and has not sat out during a set for the Bonita Vista High School boys’ varsity volleyball team so far this season.
“Dakota has a very high efficiency or a high conversion of assists to errors. More often than not, he’s setting the ball in a position that’s allowing our attacking offense to play the ball over onto the other side, as opposed to making illegal contact,” BVH varsity boys’ volleyball coach Bradley Benton said.
With the high statistics that Segina acquired in this current Spring season, Benton stated that he is the shining example of consistency, dedication, hard-work and an overall good teammate.
“He’s very aware of the other five guys on the court, he’s aware of the situation in the game. I like to use the term, he’s got his ‘finger on the pulse of the team,’” Benton said. “If we’re playing a little bit flat in the game, he’s able to sense this. He’ll have our guys be able to respond positively by collecting all together in the middle of the court.”
From playing on the varsity boys’ volleyball team for three years, Segina became the starting setter last year in his junior year. Segina also plays club volleyball for COAST, which he states contributes to how experienced he is in the sport.
“Club I would say is much more fast-paced and in a way it becomes more serious because you’re paying for it,” Segina said. “In high school, it’s a different experience just because it’s your high school team. You’re playing for a ring, it’s fun.”
This season in particular, Segina is crucial to the team due to the amount of assists made and his perseverance through obstacles he faces such as his leg injuries due to cramping up during tournaments, or his height.
“Over our Del Lago tournament [on Mar. 24/25], we played six matches and he was there the whole way until the leg injury,” Benton said. “He pushes through, he knows his body to play through pain but not through an injury. He doesn’t just give up at the earliest sign of pain.”
Despite the setbacks due to his knee, Segina continues to play a key role as a setter and a hitter depending on which row he is playing in during rotations.
“Without him, there’s not really sets and we’d be losing a lot more games. For the rest of the season, I expect him to be just as consistent as he’s always been,” senior middle varsity boys’ volleyball captain Jack Sanchez said.
As the end of the season and school year approaches, Segina will continue to play volleyball at Grossmont Community College. Segina is not committed but the coach at GCC is the same coach for COAST and Segina stated that he wants him to play at the junior college level.
“In a way, it’s always going to be something I’ll go and do… but as far as [how] competitive I’ll be, it’s probably going to decrease,” Segina said. “It’s an escape. Sports to me has always been a way to release any type of stress, any type of clouded judgments I might have. I can always turn to sports.”