KINGSBURG – Junior 6-1 Kassidy Wilson rose above the net and pounded the ball into her opponents’ block, the ball caroming harmlessly on the ground for a Kingsburg High point.
The Vikings girls volleyball team immediately melded into a happy horde of players.
Kingsburg for the first time in school history had defeated Central Valley Christian in volleyball, 3-1, and it was celebration time for the Vikings. The scores were 25-22, 20-25, 25-19, 25-21.
“Erin (Bishop) set me and I hit it into the block and it shanked off of them,” Wilson said. “I was so surprised and happy. And it’s super cool I could experience getting the winning point.”
Also excited was junior 6-0 middle blocker Jessi Swenning.
“We’ve never beaten them, so it’s huge and super exciting,” Swenning said. “They’re scrappy and hit everything back, so we just had to be aggressive.”
Kingsburg took a 5-0 lead in the first set and never trailed. Swenning had two kills and Jennah Torres two aces to pace the Vikings to that early advantage.
Central Valley Christian (12-17 overall, 1-1 CSL at match’s end) did close to within 24-22 with two consecutive points, but then botched a serve to end the set.
Kingsburg led the second set 17-15, but CVC won eight of the next 13 points to tie the match, 1-1.
Kingsburg seized an 18-17 lead in the third set and then went on a run. Paced by numerous CVC errors, the Vikings won six of the next eight points to lead 24-19. Swenning then put the set away with a kill and Kingsburg led 2-1.
Senior 5-10 outside hitter Karen Rodriguez paced Kingsburg in the fourth and final set, pounding one kill after another. Her final laser gave the Vikings a 20-18 lead and prompted a knot of Kingsburg students in the corner of the gym to chant “kill, kill, kill.”
The lead grew to 24-21 and then Cassidy put the match away with her timely hit.
“It’s the best feeling ever,” Kingsburg coach David Light said. “The whole team played so hard – it’s a total team win. The girls on the court are only as good as the players around them.”
Rodriguez led the Vikings with 10 kills and Swenning had eight.
The Vikings are scheduled to host Dinuba on Thursday, Oct. 12.