King Philip Compete in Volleyball Sectional Finals, E-Mass XC Championships
It was a busy day for the KP Warriors as two teams took part in championship contests.
One year ago, the KP volleyball team struggled to find wins as they sat at home with the start of the MIAA Central-East Division 1 tournament. This year, the girls turned some heads with a run to the sectional finals. While the team was unable to beat Newton North, the team still had plenty to be proud of during a season of unexpected accomplishments.
“I told the girls we have look at our whole season. Nobody thought we would get this far. We’re really a young program and really proud of our girls,” KP head coach Tim Layman said.
Despite starting the first set 4-4, the Tigers quickly gained the momentum needed to win the first set 25-9. Later in the second set, the Warriors kept it close again early on, taking a 5-3 lead a one point, but the serving and front line of the Tigers was too much. Getting to within four at 15-11, the Tigers called a time out and came back to finish the set with a 9-2 run to win Set 2 24-13.
With the title in their sights, the Tigers quickly put the Warriors away with a 25-15 set win to complete the sweep.
The Warriors finish the season at 16-7 and as the MIAA Central-East Division 1 volleyball runner-ups.
Harriers Take Over Wrentham Developmental Center
Running down the road from his own school, King Philip Owen Gonser took second place in the Division 3 race at the MIAA Eastern Division Cross Country Championships. Finishing the 5K course at the Wrentham Developmental Center in 15:51.7, the junior Warrior now qualifies for next week’s All-State Championship meet.
The next Warrior to cross the line was Austin Gatcomb who placed 43rd with a time of 17:27.7.
Overall, the Warriors placed 15th with 384 points out of 24 teams.
In the girls’ race, Olivia Weir led the Warriors with a 29th place finish and a time of 20:21.6. Emily Sullivan was the 2nd KP runner to cross the line in 27th place at 21:19.5. Not far behind was Elizabeth Hilfrank in 63rd with a time of 21:25.5.
The team overall, placed 10th with 308 points out of 22 teams.