NORCO: With a four-way tie for the league title in the Big 8 league, and only one week to play in the season, the boys volleyball team needed a win over Norco just to keep pace. After a slow start in which they lost the first set, they came back to take the final three and drove home victorious.
That preserved the knotted group at the top of the rankings and gives King one more shot at unwrapping a league title.
“We were flat and we started to let them (Norco) get in our heads.” Coach Lough said. “Norco is an emotional team and we weren’t playing like we normally do.”
She sensed her team was undisciplined in certain spots and “not playing as a team.”
“I told the players after the first set, ‘play like we know how and stop allowing them to take control of the game mentally.’ After that we settled down and started having fun with each point we won.”
The shift in play was palpable and the ultimate win kept the Wolves in that tie that’s been in place for a few weeks.
The victory was also the the first time King has ever beaten Norco in boys volleyball, another fine indicator of the growth of the program that is in only it’s third season.
“After the game the seniors were thrilled to say they have now won each opponent in the league at least once.” Lough said.
Michael Torquato had a solid performance in the match. “He handled the pressure well and passed well on serve receive. He finished with 18 digs.” Lough said. James Stufkosky had 19 Kills and 18 Digs while Bradley Kleven finished with 17 Kills to his 17 Digs.
Santi Mejia had 28 assists to help in the win, and Zach Driscoll had 19.
“I am pleased that we experienced this type of match,” Lough reflected, “because we realized what we were doing to ourselves and we changed before the game got away from us. I am proud they came back after the first set.”
She’ll be even more excited if the team can untie that knot they’re in at the top of the Big 8 League.
King’s record is overall 19-5 and in league, 9-4