KINGSBURG — Fun. It’s the goal.
And winning, at least for most. The Kingsburg High volleyball did both Thursday night, defeating rival Selma 3-0 on Senior Night. The scores were 26-24, 27-25 and 25-13.
Kaitlyn Freeman had eight kills for Kingsburg, winning the first and third sets with lasers.
“It feels good,” said Freeman after posing for photos with family members. “It’s a great way to finish league. We switched Pearl Muxlow to the middle and that pumped us up. We started having fun.”
The first two sets were skin-tight, with Selma even leading 6-1 and then 15-9 in the second set following a kill by Caitlyn Hansen. But Kingsburg rallied, seized a 26-25 lead and then captured the set on one of Karen Rodriguez’s team-high 12 kills.
Selma (12-6 overall, 1-9 league) won the first point of the final set, but couldn’t maintain.
The Vikings took a 4-2 lead and then consecutive kills by Jessi Swenning and Freeman boosted the margin to four. Before long a Viking was cartwheeling across the floor during a Selma timeout and Kingsburg was surging to victory.
“We got aggressive and that’s what did it,” Freeman said.
“We got excited and the louder we are, the better we play,” the Vikings’ Olivia Doyle said.
Besides Rodriguez and Freeman, Muxlow contributed three aces; Kassidy Wilson had four kills; Swenning and Doyle three and two blocks, respectively; Erin Bishop nine assists; and Kate Jackson six assists.
“Selma is a good team,” Kingsburg coach David Light said. “They’ve really improved. They have a great coach and they’re fundamentally sound. They’re no joke.”
Selma's Hansen finished with a match-high 16 kills, to go along with 12 digs. Also for the Bears, Caylin Lopez had 15 assists and Genesis Rodriguez and Gracie Figueroa had seven and six digs respectively.
“We should have done better,” Figueroa said. “We battled, but little mistakes hurt us.”
Said Lowe, the former Fresno Pacific and Clovis High star: “We have a good team, but we’re learning how to win."
Both teams made the Central Section playoffs. Kingsburg, seeded first in Division IV, hosts Bishop Union at 4:30 Thursday in an opening-round match. Selma, seeded No. 5 in Division V, hosts No. 12 seed Immanuel Christian at 6:30 p.m., also in an opening-round match.