Those dark clouds over the King gym on Thursday were as much a metaphor as they were real. The boys’ volleyball team is weathering a storm of adversity this season and another tough loss on their home courts didn’t help.
“It was a tough loss” said Head Coach Sondra Lough after falling to Norco 22-25, 25-27, 14-25.
They started well and everything seemed to be falling in their favor. “We were hitting our shots in the right location, we were digging balls and serving tough” said Lough.
But 22 points – the amount King had amassed near the end of the first set – seemed to be all that Norco wanted to allow and the Cougars went on a tear, scoring 8 unanswered and the winning the set.
“The second set we did not mentally get back in the game until the end and the team was able to put ourselves in a position to steal the set from them, but couldn’t finish” Lough said of the middle frame. “Our boys just could not bounce back mentally.”
What was frustrating was how different that was from their previous match with Hemet where bouncing back seemed to be a strength for the Wolves.
King dropped the third set as well; it “was just a mental loss” said Lough.
When suffering hits, as it currently is in the 2-9 King camp, looking for positives is a must.
“The positive from the loss is knowing the potential we have and how each individual on the team is valuable.” Lough said. Senior libero, Austin Kent finished with 18 digs and Jayden Hackbarth with 10 digs. Hackbarth had 6 Kills as well. Sophomore middle, Jaden Evangelista hit a .250% and Senior middle Taylor Vandenberg hit a .429% Freshman setter, Ian Swanson led the offense with 14 assists.
A tough season and tough losses are tough to weather, but the persistent desire to find the silver linings is worth the effort.
Attitude, they say, is everything. Even when its dark outside and you feel kind of blue.