In boys volleyball, the Big 8 league actually has 8 teams, with Hillcrest and La Sierra included in the grouping of Corona schools all other sports at King are familiar with. King’s boys entered their match against the Eagles of La Sierra tied with three other teams for the league’s top spot and by the time the Wolves had recorded their victory and the day had ended, that knot atop the league was still tightly bound.
After a straight-set victory, Coach Lough remarked, “This win puts us in a four-way tie for 1st place. We need to win the next 2 matches. Every set matters because the league standings are so tight. It’s crazy to predict how this is all going to play out.”
The moment though was a night to savor for the seniors, some of whom started the newest King sport just three seasons ago.
“The seniors played great!” Lough said. “The teams focus was clear and they knew what they needed to do. The last time we played La Sierra, we swept them, but we knew they didn’t play their best. We were prepared to see a different team and had the attitude we needed to be ready.”
King had control of the entire match allowing Lough to be able to play everyone on the King bench.
“It’s exciting to watch athletes support their teammates. There was great energy in the gym the entire match. The seniors knew this match could possibly be their last home match (unless we draw one in the playoffs), so they had a great time with every point they won.”
The Player of the Match was senior Bradley Kleven who had 16 kills, 17 digs and hit over 600%. James Stufkosky had 12 kills and 11 digs.
King has an overall record of 18-5 and a league record of 8-4.
And about that knot at the top of the league? Lough had some seasoned advice: “We need to always play as a team and don’t change who we are. This is a group athletes with a sense of humor and like to have fun. It helps them in pressure situations. … If we take care of our side, the rest will take care of itself.”