Let the lions roar: Maryville Christian School falls to TKA in three sets
By Jill Dickman | (email@example.com)
SEYMOUR —The King’s Academy volleyball team took the first set against Maryville Christian School Monday evening in Stokely Gymnasium. The match belonged to them from there.
After putting up the first four points of the evening, the Lady Lions gave the crowd just what they wanted with a 25-16, 25-13, and 25-16 win over the Lady Eagles.
“I think it went very well,” TKA’s first-year head coach Ashlei Furtado said. “We controlled the ball very well. It was our first home game and we wanted to give the fans something to cheer for.”
The Lady Lions scored the first four points of the first set and gained the early momentum. MCS refused to be shut down though, putting up a strong battle. The Lady Eagles’ Caitlin Gaddis served the first ace of the night, kicking her team into gear and spiking the energy level.
“I was really proud of them,” MCS head coach Laura Fields said. “We had moments. I completely believe in these girls. They consistently grow game after game.”
The Lady Eagles went on to score the next six in a row and took the lead for the first time all set. They were unable to hold on to the run though, as they were stopped dead in their tracks, surrendering the next six to TKA.
After MCS burned the first timeout of the evening, TKA continued to cushion their lead, scoring five more.
“We did lose focus a couple of times, but I was really proud of how well we were able to recover,” Furtado said.
The second set proved to be even more exciting as both teams battled again to stay on top. Although MCS was the first to score, TKA bounced right back again, carrying the momentum they had from the first win.
The Lady Eagles made their opponents work hard for the win, keeping within striking distance.
Led by Hannah Caldwell with five kills, four aces, and eight assists, and Gaddis with 12 digs, MCS did not back down.
“Right now we are really concentrated on desire, a desire to know we are good enough to stay with anyone,” Fields told The Daily Times. “It isn’t over until that 25th point.”
A crucial two-minute volley ended a 4-point TKA run at 9-4. Despite a long, hard attack, the Lady Eagles could not overcome the deficit.
TKA returned to the court for the final set with the same intensity and attitude.
Led by Danielle Quesinberry, Lakelin Palmer, and Callie Greene, the Lady Lions proved they were too tough to fall down after gaining an early 11-5 lead.
“We have a couple of really strong players,” Furtado said. “I am very happy with all of them though. They work really well together as a team.”