KINGSBURG - With a roaring student section on its side, the hosting Kingsburg volleyball team traded points with Central Valley Christian, but the Vikings eventually were swept 3-0 by the Cavaliers in a Central Sequoia League game on Sept. 18.
The set scores between Kingsburg and CVC were 27-25, 25-19 and 25-23.
At the time, it was the first league loss for the Vikings (12-10 overall, 3-2 in CSL), but Kingsburg head coach Brittney Henderson said her girls competed against a tough opponent in CVC (11-11, 4-1).
“Overall, I’m proud of the girls for just hanging in there and battling the entire match,” Henderson said. “I don’t feel like we let down or gave up at all, we just made a few too many errors.”
Vikings outside hitter Peyton Woods said several team miscues made a difference in the game.
“If we minimize our errors, we would’ve crushed it,” Woods said. “It would’ve been so much better.”
Despite the loss, Woods was optimistic about the team’s performance.
“Definitely this was one of our better games as a team,” Woods said. “We fought really hard, which was good, I’m proud of us.”
During the third set, Kingsburg almost forced CVC to play a fourth set. The opposing Cavaliers went up 14-11 before the Vikings gained a 19-18 advantage. After trading points throughout the set, CVC eventually closed it out.
With six games left in the regular season, Henderson is unbothered about the loss to CVC because they’ll have a chance to play the Cavaliers again on Oct. 11.
“I’m not thinking about this one too much,” Henderson said. “Guess what? We get to come back and play CVC again… so from now until then we’re going to get better. I think we’re in a good spot right now.”
Senior libero Pearl Muxlow was one of the Vikings players who shook off the loss.
“CVC really brought it and I’m proud of us for keeping up the whole time,” Muxlow said. “There’s nothing to be ashamed of. We’re going to play them again at their place and so I’m looking forward to that.”
Even though the Vikings lost, the student section at the Kingsburg High School gym showed school spirit throughout the game. The roaring student section during Kingsburg’s games has been a regular occurrence this season.
Throughout her coaching career, Henderson said she hasn’t seen a student section that has the consistency to show up for every home game. The closest thing she’s seen from a supportive student section was at Clovis North, but Kingsburg has brought its roaring environment to every home game.
“We’ve had a great student section all year long,” Henderson said. “In fact, this was very mild compared to what we’ve had all year and they’ve been traveling with us, but it’s great school spirit. I love it, and I think the girls really feed off of it. It really makes it feels like a home game.”
This season, the Vikings are 3-1 on their home court.
On Sept. 20, Kingsburg faced another tough league opponent in Exeter on the road. The Exeter Monarchs swept the Vikings 3-0 and the set scores were 25-12, 25-20 and 25-14.
Following the loss to Exeter, Kingsburg competed in the John Riding Memorial Hard Driven Volleyball Challenge at Clovis on Sept. 21-22. The two-day tournament was hosted by Clovis North High School and Granite Ridge Middle School.
The Vikings went 2-4 with wins over Mission Oak and Kerman high schools.
Kingsburg’s next home game will be against Immanuel on Sept. 26, which will start the second round of league play. After, the Vikings will play at Hanford West on Oct. 2. Earlier this season, Kingsburg swept Immanuel and defeated Hanford West 3-2 in the Vikings first two league games this year.