King took the match in 3 sets (25-15, 25-17, 25-23), but KO’s grit and teamwork allowed them to fight through competitive points and improve their game each step of the way, finishing with an electrifying third set. There were strong performances from returning players and new players alike. Ava Cashman ‘24 started the team off with precise and punishing serving in the first set, and continued to apply offensive pressure to the opponent during each point. Co-captain Keira Sullivan ‘23 led by example on the court with powerful, clever hitting and off the court with inspiring words for the team. In her first official high school volleyball match, Kata Mesterhazy ‘23 showcased the work she has put into practicing the middle position, making thoughtful net decisions and pulling off three back-to-back blocks in a show-stopping moment of the second set that re-energized the entire team. Co-captain Mackenzie Caruso ‘22 and Jill Plaut ‘23 carefully balanced their roles of setting and right side hitting to support the team on all fronts, and led some key serving runs to keep the team ahead in the third set. On defense, Allie Arcaro ‘24 met heavy hitting from King with effective passing and several point-saving digs.
With heads held high and determination to build on the successes of the first match, KOVB looks ahead to the next match against Hopkins on Wednesday 9/22.
Located in West Hartford, CT just steps from Blue Back Square, Kingswood Oxford is a private school inspiring co-ed day students in grades 6-12 with a college preparatory curriculum. Empowered students become clear confident communicators, resourceful problem-solvers, and ethical leaders. KO: where unlimited potential meets endless opportunities.