RIVERSIDE: As the volleyball season comes to a close, it has been a season full of adversity for the King Wolves boys volleyball team (5-15). A win, any win, would go a long way to soothing some of the frustration that the team has endured.
Especially a win over Riverside Poly.
While the Bears may not contribute to King’s Big 8 League record (4-9), cross town rivals are cross town rivals and had anyone forgotten that, a poster hung from the home team’s gym wall that spoke the language of a Riverside rivalry: “Sorry King, This is Bear Territory.”
The Wolves got off to a slow start dropping the first set to the Bears, but then seemingly woke up and didn’t look back on their way to a much needed victory, winning the last three sets.
“The boys were so amped-up to play our rival opponent that they just couldn’t keep the ball in play” said head coach Sondra Lough as she described the errant first set.
“We were making unforced errors at every position. It wasn’t until we settled down and stuck with our game plan, we were able to execute our offense” she added.
The team responded well with finish scores 18-25, 25-12, 26-24, 25-19.
“This win at the end of the season was a moral boost to confirm we can put it all together as a team and be victorious” Lough said.
The offense was led by Senior Middle, Taylor Vandenberg and Senior Outside, Jayden Hackbarth with 9 Kills apiece. Junior Outside Hitter, Jon Dietz had 8 Kills.
Setting up the offense with assist Sophomore Setter, Christian Nieves with 20 and Freshman Setter, Ian Swanson with 12. Players that led the defense, Senior Libero, Austin Kent with 22 Digs, Jayden Hackbarth with 15 Digs and Senior Outside Hitter, Sean Sharpe with 10 Digs. Dominating at the net, Taylor Vandenberg, Jaden Evangelista and Sean Sharpe with 3 Blocks apiece.
The Wolves play their last match of the season vs. Roosevelt Mustangs at home for Senior Night where they will honor their four seniors Austin Kent, Jayden Hackbarth, Sean Sharpe, and Taylor Vandenberg.
After navigating Bear territory without nary a scratch, King’s hoping to end their season serving notice to Roosevelt that Riverside is King territory.
That’s something that Poly already understands.