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.