After a wonderful ceremony where the seniors and their families were honored, the Wyverns got right to playing, and the result was a hard-fought 3-1 win over Canterbury (25-3, 25-15, 18-25, 25-23). KO stormed into the first set, with both offense and defense in full force. Ava Cashman ‘24 started off the set with 3 service points, and followed up with strong passing from the back row. Wong produced some great right-side hitting that included both deep attacks and shallow “change-up” hits that kept the opponent guessing. Co-captain Keira Sullivan ‘23 had effective cross-court hits from the outside and target serving that gave the Wyverns a commanding lead in the middle of the set. Near the end of the set, Kata Mesterhazy ‘23 had several effective blocks and some kills from well-struck hits in the middle. After a strong first set, the Wyverns looked to continue that momentum in the second set. Throughout the set, Caruso made sure that her serves were fast and laser-targeted for the open areas of the court, and in doing so she made KO’s lead unreachable. Bailey also took advantage of every serve, serving some ungettable shallow serves that brought us closer to clinching the set. Jill Plaut ‘23 was a pillar of consistency as she set for our team’s offense, and when she wasn’t setting she was pulverizing hits from the right side. Allie Arcaro ‘24 had several impromptu sets (as the libero) that kept the team going when we were struggling to reorganize our offense. In the third set, the Wyverns had some trouble on serve receive after staying so consistent in the first two sets. With great deep hitting from Cashman on the outside and Wong on the right side, the KO offense still made it a competitive set, but Canterbury was able to take the set. The team knew we were in for a battle in the fourth set, so we dug deep and stayed in it. The combo of Plaut setting and Sullivan attacking from the outside was crucial in establishing the team’s early points in the set, which gave us the confidence to keep going. Relentless defensive plays were what kept the team alive in the set, though, with Bailey and Plaut making key blocks and Cashman making a diving pass near the end of the set. It was a true test for the team as we go on to play in the postseason tournament. We couldn’t be more proud of our seniors, especially, who helped lead us to this point and who have been such a positive influence on the volleyball program during their time at KO!
Our next match will be in the quarterfinals of the New Englands Class B tournament, on 11/17. Let’s go KOVB!
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.