Knights regroup, beat Eagles | Volleyball

By David Pan | Oct 07, 2016
Photo by: David Pan King’s Casey Kispert hits the ball over the net during a Cascade Conference match against Cedar Park Christian Sept. 28 at King’s High School.

The King’s volleyball team rebounded from its first league loss of the season with a hard-fought victory over Cedar Park Christian – Bothell.

Sophomore Marlee Young recorded 15 kills to help lead the Knights to a 25-17, 10-25, 25-23, 25-18 win over the Eagles in a Cascade Conference match Sept. 28 at King’s High School.

King’s was coming off a 26-24, 25-19, 25-23 loss to Archbishop Murphy on Sept. 22 at Archbishop Murphy High School.

Knights coach Jeff Fransen expected that CPC would be a tough opponent.

“It’s always a battle, always great matches,” he said. “We know them. They know us. We always have to bring our best.”

After winning the first set, King’s (6-1 in the league. 7-2 overall) came out flat and dropped the second set.

“We were a little too relaxed after winning big in the first set,” senior setter Casey Kispert said. “I think we weren’t ready to play when we stepped on the court in the second game.”

The third and four sets were back and forth between the two teams, but the Knights prevailed in both.

Kispert saw energy from her teammates.

“As soon as our energy level spiked, that’s when we started getting points and winning big,” she said.

Baily McCutchen had 10 kills and Alli Hansen added 8 kills and 4 aces. Anna Hoff had 16 digs.

“Cedar Park did a great job of fighting back,” Fransen said. “We just have a lot of young players. They have to figure out how to work through different challenges or adversity.”

Fransen added that the Knights learned a lot during the match.

“I’m really proud of the way they came back in sets three and four to get the win,” he said. “You’ve got to learn how to win every point. That was our message to the girls in that process. They responded.”

Both Kispert and Fransen saw strong serves in sets three and four.

“We usually like to challenge team with our serving,” Fransen said. “Our girls turned it around. They passed a lot better too.”

Though King’s lost in straight sets to the Wildcats, the match was tight and could have gone the Knights’ way.

Fransen noted that King’s had late leads against Archbishop Murphy in two of the sets.

“We didn’t finish,” he said. “That was something that we want the girls to take away and learn how to finish. It was close. We didn’t finish the job.”

Kispert added that the loss motivated the Knights.

“We just wanted to show that we’re a better team than that,” she said. “Our serving and passing is what makes our team great. We didn’t do that as well at Arch.”

With only three seniors on the roster, King’s is still a team trying to find its way.

“We just want the girls to learn and get better,” Fransen said.

Kispert is looking forward to the rest of the season and the postseason.

“It’s really exciting to see us starting to click and starting to understand what our strengths are,” she said.

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