STAMFORD—They are exactly where they want to be.
The King School girls volleyball team advanced to the New England Prep School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) Class C championship final Saturday morning thanks to a 25-8, 25-16, 25-16 semifinal round victory over Greens Farms Academy at home.
The triumph means No. 1 seeded King (18-1) will battle No. 2 seed MacDuffie School in Granby, Mass. Sunday at 1 p.m. for the NEPSAC Class C crown. MacDuffie topped No. 3 seed St. Luke’s at home, 26-24, 25-22, 20-25, 25-20 in Saturday’s other semifinal.
MAKING MORE HISTORY
King is one step away from acquiring its third consecutive NEPSAC Class C title and fourth NEPSAC Class C crown in five years.
“It’s been a long journey to get here. But when we’re on the court, time flies by because we’re having fun,” said King junior setter/hitter Ava Robinowitz. “Championships and more banners on the gym wall. That is what we play for. But most of all we want to finish this job for our (five) seniors.”
King has also won the last four Fairchester Athletic Association (FAA) championships. The strength of the league shows in that three (King, St. Luke’s, GFA) of the four semifinals are FAA members.
WHEN IT’S ALL WORKING WELL
The King squad conquered GFA in an hour like it didn’t want to be late to King football’s NEPSAC title clash later Saturday.
The opening game and a half was breathtaking volleyball as the King service level was at maximum efficiency and set up the rest of the Vikings’ arsenal.
In Game 1, King led 8-1, 11-4 and 16-5 before closing out at 25-8. In Game 2, with Robinowitz serving 14 straight points, King jumped out 15-1 before the reserves closed out a 25-16 triumph.
“We played clean volleyball. That’s playing our game,” Robinowitz said. “There is such chemistry within our group. We’re just so happy on the court.”
It was a day where King’s veteran coach Tung Tran could just admire the results of all the hours of practice along the way.
“The girls came out on fire. This was their A game. They played tough, in sync and as one unit,” Tran said. “When we’re in our rhythm, they don’t need words from me. They embrace the responsibility of what’s at stake.”
GOOD SEASON, BRIGHT FUTURE FOR GFA
No. 4 seed Greens Farms Academy closed out its season at 11-10 overall. The Dragons will have to wait another year to try for its first NEPSAC title since 2012.
The good news is that 10 of GFA’s 15 players return in 2018.
The Dragons reached the NEPSAC Class C semifinals even though its top setter was out for the NEPSAC tourney.
“We had some tough times early in the season. But we ended the season very strong. The girls pulled together when we lost our setter,” said GFA’s veteran coach Paul Groves. “King just had us on our heels all day. What’s good about our postseason run is the girls know what is necessary to succeed at this level, on this stage. This experience will be a huge benefit for next year.”Read Full Article
NEPSAC CLASS C SEMIFINALS
KING 3, GFA 0
GREENS FARMS 8 16 16—0
KING 25 25 25—3
Records: Greens Farms Academy 11-10 overall; King 18-1 overall.
Highlights: K—Kelly Conheeney 18 digs, 7 service points, 6 aces, 6 kills. Ali Wheeler 5 kills, 6 assists, 3 blocks. Ava Robinowitz 18 assists, 3 kills, 4 blocks, 18 service points, 7 aces. Christine Nelli 9 service points, 8 kills.