RIVERSIDE:  King High’s gymnasium was the site of volleyball’s first home match and second of the year.  The Pumas of Chaparral High School came to town and served up a quality three sets of competition.

King fell behind in the first set by a score of 12-25 but redeemed their day with two hard-fought matches to close the day with a greater challenge against the visiting squad.  Despite much closer set scores in the final two frames, (20-25 and 22-25) Chaparral won in straight sets, 3-0.

The 0-2 season start for the Wolves, (last week, King lost to Great Oak who finished 2015 ranked #2 in Division 1AA) while not something anyone is cheering about, was certainly a viable possibility months ago when the schedule was planned.

The strategy and perceived “risk” was intended.

“We chose to have a tough preseason schedule in order to help us win league.” Coach Sondra Lough explained. “In fact, this weekend, we are also playing in one of the toughest tournaments around, with all three of the opponents in our pool coming out of CIF SS Division One.”

Key players in the effort against the Pumas were Ryleigh Kates, Leeza Poselski, Sarah Hein and Mikaela Grove.  Kates – picked as the team’s Athlete of the Week – had 5 blocks and hit at a 33-percent clip. Grove was dominant as well, with 16 kills in the game; Hein helped out with 11 of her own.  Adriana Buenstro made 20 effective digs.

The team travels to Edison High for the competitive Dave Mohs Tournament on Saturday.