One of the key differences between a good team and a great team is the ability to endure challenging circumstances and keeping fighting for a win. Although at times it seemed impossible, the Thomas Dale boys varsity volleyball team was able to strip victory from the jaws of defeat against Clover Hill this past Monday.
The atmosphere was electric within the Thomas Dale gymnasium on Oct. 10. A large student section that filled part of the stands, alumni from multiple graduation years, and parents from both teams roared after each nail-biting point.
Both Clover Hill and Thomas Dale put up a great fight against one another trading kill for kill and set for set. Eventually, Dale defeated the Cavaliers 23-25, 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, and 17-15. Seniors Hunter Vay and Zach Joyner led the Knights with 24 kills and 15 kills respectively.
Unfortunately, Wednesday night’s game against Douglas Freeman did not yield the same results. The Knights rallied all the way to the fifth set against the Raiders after losing the first two sets at the beginning of the match. The boys volleyball team fought hard, but eventually Douglas Freeman scored the game winning point in the final set. Hunter Vay had another stellar night racking up 24 kills, 17 digs, and 2 aces. Senior Tanner Davis also had a solid night on the court with 10 kills, 19 digs, and 4 aces.
Although the week did not end desirably for our boys varsity volleyball team, there are some very exciting points to take from it. In both matches this week, the Knights had to fight their best for the entirety of both games, and they never seemed to give up on their goals. Also, Douglas Freeman and Clover Hill are ranked as one of the top 10 teams in the state and Thomas Dale gave them a run for their money.
Before this week, our boys were not ranked in the top 10, but they have seem to have drawn attention as a highly competitive team. They are now the #10 team in the state, tied for first in the conference with James River, and possess a solid 11-2 record.
The Knights will battle James River Monday, Oct. 17, at home at 7:00 p.m.
Photos by Lorielle Bouldin, KNews Staff Reporter