Volleyball Season Recap

Carter Thomas
Staff Writer

The Lady Kings volleyball team finished 0-2 in the region tournament. Kayhi lost to Juneau (13-25, 16-25, 16-25) to start the tournament. After JD fell to Thunder Mountain, which set up a rematch between the Lady Kings and the Bears.  Juneau won the match, but Kayhi won its first set of the season against the Bears before falling 3-1  (25-23, 16-25, 9-25, 9-25). Thunder Mountain then defeated Juneau Douglas in the championship match to win the region title.
“One of our key players Sarah (Palaruan) was taking the SAT during the Juneau match”  said Kayhi head coach Beth Sandefur . “Instead of assuming we would lose, the girls picked up the slack and pulled off the win. It was so exciting for us because we haven’t beat Juneau all year.”
Coaches and players found ways to enjoy their last games, and defeating JD was definitely their highlight of the weekend.
“My favorite part of the tournament was when I got a kill with my left hand,” senior Louise Peterson said. “It also felt amazing to finally beat JD.”
Over the season, the Lady Kings went winless in their conference (0-10). They did have two wins outside of their conference, defeating Reddington and Metlakatla on the road. Although they did not perform well on paper at regions, Coach Sandefur was very pleased with the teams goals they completed.
“They all set goals before the tournament,” Sandefur said. “The amazing thing was, they all meet their goals in the first game. This entire season, our team philosophy has been to have fun, and focus on every game.”
Junior Mady Purcell was named the best server in the pass and serve skills competition.
“My skills have come along way,” Purcell said. “It’s fun to play against other people to show my individual skills, aside from the team.”
At the end of the tournament, there was a crossover game. Palaruan, Purcell, and and junior McKenzie Merrill competed for the 4a team, and defeated the 3a team. The Kings were also given the sportsmanship award for the entire 3a/4a tournament.


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