The King Academy Warriors senior boys’ volleyball team proved the old adage that practice makes perfect recently as they won the right to represent the Central Region at the provincial senior boys’ volleyball tournament that will be held in early December.
The King Academy Warriors (KAW) played off against the Botwood Collegiate Warriors (BCW) on Monday, November 21 to determine who would represent Central at the provincials.
The KAW were on their game in the first match and went ahead quickly as they lead by a 13 to 6 score. The BCW tried hard to get back in the game but the KAW, on the strength of their strong serves, volleys and spikes went on to win the first game by a score of 25 to 15.
The KAW were determined to continue their strong play in the second contest and, again, got off to an early 7 to 1 lead.
The BCW called a time out to stop the pain when the score was 12 to 2. However, the strategy failed to work as the KAW stuck to their strong game plan and went on to win the second game and the 3A regional qualifying banner title by a 25 to 11 score.
Lianne O’Reilly is the coach of the Botwood Collegiate Warriors.
Ms. O’Reilly said, “My boys did very well considering our school has not had a senior boys’ volleyball team for at least the last three school years. This was our first competition this school year, so, from that point of view, we didn’t do too bad.
“We were up against a good team here today, and we wish the King Academy Warriors the best of luck at their provincial tournament.”
Nish Hynes, the coach of the King Academy Warriors, said that his team practiced on some skills following the recent invitational tournament held at King Academy, and this extra practice really came through in the regional competition.
“The boys really played well as a unit today, “ Hynes said. “We’re really looking forward to the 3A provincials that will be held in Wesleyville in early December. There will be at least 10 strong teams at this event, but we’ll be a key part of the tournament.”
Brace wins sportsmanship award
One of the main presentations at any high school sporting event is the sportsmanship award, which goes to the athlete that displays good cooperation, fair play and a strong work ethic. Noah Brace from the Botwood Collegiate Warriors won the sportsmanship award at the regional tournament hosted by King Academy.