Strong Serving Helps King Philip Overcome Oliver Ames

King Philip volleyball
(Jaron May/HockomockSports.com)

By Jaron May, HockomockSports.com Student Reporter

WRENTHAM, Mass. – One true test of character is the ability to bounce back from adversity and learn from your mistakes. Down one set to none, the King Philip Warriors were able to face adversity, in the form of the Oliver Ames Tigers, and bounce back winning the next three sets to grab a 3-1 victory.

Oliver Ames came out of the gates strong with a lot of energy and the team’s battled back and forth, with none getting too far ahead of the other. It came down to the wire, but strong serving from OA boosted the Tigers just enough to grab a 26-24 win.

“I think we started out slow. We weren’t playing 100% in game one, sometimes we tend to do that,” King Phillip head coach Kristen Geuss said.

The teams traded aces, kills and blocks in the second set. When it seemed like one team was about to pull away, their opposition would fight right back and even the score. The Warriors began to inch away towards the middle of the second set, only to lose a four point lead.

With the score knotted at 19 apiece, KP scored six straight to win the set and even the match 1-1.

The third set is when the Warriors came alive, starting the set on a 14-1 run, due in large part to great serving from Sydney Phillips. The Warriors closed the set with a score of 25-7.

The final set was a little more tightly contested, but some big serves from KP’s Amanda Loewen and Angela Vellante helped the Warriors finish off the Tigers with a final set score of 25-15. The final point of the game came to a very fitting end in the form of a booming spike from Phillips.

Geuss was extremely impressed Phillips, saying that she “holds her own on the outside, one of our strongest outside hitters and her serving tonight was incredible.”

Phillips finished with 28 service points and totaled up 10 aces on the day; while up front, she added nine kills. Carly Adams added 22 service points and four aces, Loewen had 13 service points and nine digs and Jess Stoffel had a big day at the net with four kills and a pair of timely blocks.

Oliver Ames’ Alyssa Gavin and Maya Fetcho highlighted the group of very strong Tiger servers, who tested KP with a strong serves.

“That was probably the strongest serving team we have faced so far,” Geuss said of OA.

When asked about the undefeated record and the top spot in the Kelley-Rex, Geuss said “It’s wonderful. We don’t like to think about that, but we are proud of the girls.”

King Philip (5-0) will be back in action on Friday, when they take on the Taunton Tigers. Oliver Ames (2-4) is back in action on Friday against Attleboro.

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/19/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Stoughton @ Norwood – Postponed to 9/21, 3:45

Girls Soccer
Stoughton vs. Norwood – Postponed to 9/21, 3:45

Volleyball
King Philip, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – King Philip went on the road and picked up a convincing 25-13, 25-14, 25-6 win. Sydney Phillips led KP with nine kills while Liv Balduf added six kills and Jess Stoffel had a pair of kills and a pair of blocks. Amanda Loewen chipped in with two aces, one kill and four digs while Carly Adams finished with 19 assists.

North Attleboro, 0 @ Canton, 3 – Final Erika Lum led the Bulldogs with 11 kills, hitting at a .323 clip. Casey Shea had six kills and Emma Murphy chipped in with five blocks, four kills and five digs while Nicole Poole had 21 assists and four kills and Julia Panico had 21 digs.

Sharon, 3 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final – Sharon junior Jess Allan led the Eagles’ offense with 13 kills and a 93% serving average while classmate Cori Jermyn added three aces. Natalie Kane added four kills and Faythe Gomolka had 12 assists and four aces.

Mansfield, 3 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – The Hornets opened their Kelley-Rex slate with an impressive road win at Taunton, picking up a 25-19, 25-21, 25-19 win. Julia Harrison had a strong serving day, picking up 12 service points and finished with seven kills. Emily Kleber added nine kills for Mansfield while Chloe Peters had 28 assists.

Oliver Ames, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – Franklin earned the sweep over Oliver Ames with a 25-17, 25-15, 25-20. Erin Skidmore had five kills, five digs and four aces, Maggie Doyle had four kills, three aces and a block and Lizzie Boynton added six assists and four aces for the Panthers.

Milford, 3 @ Stoughton, 2 – Final

Field Hockey
Attleboro @ Mansfield – Postponed to 9/23, 3:30
Canton @ Milford – Postponed to 9/22, 4:00
Foxboro @ Stoughton – Postponed to 9/20, 3:30
Sharon @ North Attleboro – Postponed to TBD
Franklin @ Taunton – Postponed to 10/13, 3:30
Oliver Ames @ King Philip – Postponed to 9/20, 3:30

Golf
Taunton @ King Philip, 3:00
Oliver Ames @ Attleboro – Postponed to TBD
North Attleboro @ Milford – Postponed to 10/11, 3:00

Cross Country
Foxboro boys, 31 @ Stoughton, 26 – Final
Foxboro girls, 16 @ Stoughton girls, 47 – Final