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Kings Volleyball: The road to the first-ever final four

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Kings volleyball celebrates after beating St. Ursula to win Div. I region 4 for the first time in school history. Photo Credit: Jim Barrett

When the Red Sea saw the ball drop to the ground, an eruption occurred. Seniors in the Red Sea burst with excitement watching the senior led Kings Knights beat St. Ursula to win their first ever regional title. Parents, teachers and students alike were cheering louder than ever, this win meaning so much more than the other 25 wins the Knights have racked up this season. 

The Knights have 6 seniors this year that have all played together since 3rd grade. Outside hitters Sydney Barrett, Elise Marchal and Abby Trapp will pummel any opposing defense that they face. Setter Abby Yoder puts the ball right where it needs to be for a kill. Cate Freeman is one of the best servers on the team and plays front row too. Libero Dakota Henry plays outstanding defense and makes sure to keep the volley going. Coach of the Knights, Amanda Meadows, has over 15 years of experience with the varsity squad, bringing a level of expertise and advice that takes the Knights to the next level. Not only are the Knights great on the court, they are great in the classroom too, they posted the best D1 GPA in district 16.

This team is like one big family. These seniors especially are just as good as friends on the court as they are off the court. They enjoy spending time together and have been friends since they can remember. Many of them have played club volleyball together with Abby Yoder and Sydney Barrett currently playing together on the NKYVC 18u Tsunami.  

This season, the Knights have been dominating whoever the opponent is, going undefeated in conference play and only one loss in non-conference play. They won the ECC title for the second year in a row, won a sectional title for the second year in a row, won a district title for the second time in school history but the first D1 title and more recently, won the first ever regional title. 

 

Kings Knights win the regional semifinal versus Ursuline Academy

Final from Lakota West – Kings-3, Ursuline-2, 15-25, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22, 15-13

 

Kings Volleyball defeated Ursuline 3 sets to 2 on Wednesday, November 1st at Lakota West HS. It was a remarkable and resilient victory after losing the first two sets of the match. Marchal and Barrett combined for 34 kills with a majority of those kills coming in sets 3-5 during the late game surge for the Knights. Yoder had 38 assists and reached a career milestone of 3,000 career assists which vaults her into the top 10 in OHSAA history for career assists. Overall, the Knights were on point when it mattered most and came out with the late win against the Lions.

 

Kings Knights win the regional finals versus St. Ursula Academy

Final from Lakota West – Kings-3, Ursula-1, 30-28, 22-25, 25-17, 25-23

 

Kings volleyball beat St. Ursula three sets to one on Saturday, November 4th at Lakota West HS to win their first ever regional championship. The Knights stole their victory after a wild first set and back and forth battle with a final score of 30-28. After that it was a battle until the end with the Knights surging late in the third and fourth sets to avoid a five set match. Senior captains Barrett and Marchal were on point again as they combined for 37 of the teams 47 kills with 10 kills combined coming from sophomores Ava McIntyre and Sophia Richardson. Yoder was perfect all night with 41 assists adding to her 3000+ career assists for the Knights. The Knights were improving on defense compared to their regional semifinal match against Ursuline Academy; overall, the Knights had 65 digs against St. Ursula as compared to the 44 digs they posted against Ursuline. 

This Friday, November 10th at Wright State University, the Knights will take on Cleveland St. Joseph Academy in a game where two heavyweights will square off for a spot in the state title game. The Knights enter as the Region 4 Champions with a 26-1 record and look to knock off the Region 1 Champions the St. Joseph Academy Jaguars who enter with a 23-4 record.

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Charlie Reeder is a senior and is a Staff Writer for The Knight Times. This is his first year as a staff member for The Knight Times and he loves every second of it. Charlie hopes that this year, The Knight Times reaches out to new students this school year and makes a connection with students and hopes to take the paper to the next level. Outside of school, he plays football and lacrosse and is a member of the ski club. He also enjoys watching sports and covering it through the press. He also enjoys hanging out with family and friends at the lake and all kinds of watersports. After high school, Charlie plans to attend Miami University.
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