Varsity volleyball team poses together one more time, before taking on rival East Wake. East Wake won in 3 sets.
Photo courtesy of: Delaney Vandergrift
“We set our goals high this year and have been working hard to achieve that,” said senior volleyball star Sarah Woodard. Knightdale’s women’s volleyball team had a very impressive year, finishing the regular season with 12 wins, 10 losses and taking the conference title for the first time in school history. Now that the Knights have won conference their next objective is to win the conference tournament coming up this week, and then head to the 4-A state playoffs. We asked the coach of the volleyball team Ms. Anna Gay what got them this far, and she reported, “Remembering that we are a family and we are loyal to each other. I’ve always had faith in the girls’ skills, but they have really had to learn to play together as a team to bring home the win.” Knightdale had three seniors on this year’s team: Delaney Vandergrift, Sarah Woodard, and Kia Holden. They were a big part in the team’s success; Vandergrift was named Greater Neuse River Conference player of the year. Knightdale hasn’t let the success get the best of them. They’re staying very humble, continuing to play as a family. Family has been the key to Knightdale’s impressive season; “coming together as a family is all it took,” said Woodard.
This upcoming week is the start of the conference tournament, and the playoffs begin the following week. Ms. Gay was asked what will be the biggest challenge during this time; she replied, “Right now we are battling an injury with one of our key players, and adjusting to that is no small feat. But if we can bounce back, I think we will do well!” That will be a big challenge for the team, but they have faith that they will overcome this obstacle and achieve a new goal of winning the conference tournament. If the girls believe they can do it, anything is possible,” said Gay. Coach Gay is very happy with the team’s play this year.
The Knights are starting post-season play soon. Can our Lady Knights bring home a state title?