Nick Costa, of Richards. | Joseph P. Meier~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 14, 2013 6:05AM
Costa, a 6-foot outside hitter, was an All-Area selection in 2012 and the reigning South Suburban Player of the Year. The senior captain has played through an injury and powered the Bulldogs to a 20-3 record through Thursday.
Talk about winning the South Suburban Conference last season.
It was the first time we’d won it in over 20 years. We established ourselves as a good team, and now we want to finish where we left off.
What would it mean to win consecutive titles?
It would mean the world. We were calculating it, and if we win back-to-back titles, we’d have gone 46-2 — if it all plays out well — in my three years on the varsity (in conference). It’s been two years since we’ve lost in conference.
What’s the best part of your game?
My control game has gotten better this year, as opposed to last year when I was more about power. I’ve learned to place the ball better. My passing, I think, is better than last year, too.
Who is the best player Richards has gone up against this season?
There have been a couple of guys: Brendan Surane from Providence, Kamil Barnas from Stagg, Austin Overby from Lincoln-Way Central. Probably one of those three guys.
Dream prom date?
Besides my girlfriend? Probably Kate Upton.
What’s been the best part of the season so far?
Winning the Argo Tournament. We played really well at that tournament and it was nice to come out on top.
Have you looked at the sectional seeding?
I know we took seventh. (Lincoln-Way) East, (Lincoln-Way) North and Sandburg are all up on top. We have a hard sectional. Some sectionals have just a couple of good teams, but we have a really good sectional so it’s going to be pretty tough for anybody out there.
Who would play you in a movie?
If you were the king of Richards, what rule would you change?
I’d make people walk faster, to be honest. It can get very stressful when people are blocking doorways and you’re trying to get through the halls.
As told to Logan Malloy