Paly wins big against Kings Academy

Matthew Fogarty, Author

The Palo Alto High School Vikings volleyball team (7-1, 0-0) kept its undefeated home record alive Tuesday night by crushing the Kings Academy High School Knights (0-3, 0-0) in three sets.

The Vikings did what good teams have to do against an opponent struggling to put up points or even contest in a match: they kept the playing tempo at their high level and avoided an upset.

Kings Academy struggled mightily to return Paly’s serves and compete at the net, which led them to a combined loss over three games of 75-37.

Many bench players were able to get into the game, which gave them valuable game experience that will help the team’s depth as the league season approaches.

“Today was just about us focusing on our side of the net,” head coach Dave Winn said. “Everybody got a chance to get in and that’s good because when it gets to league sometimes its harder to get people involved.”

Paly dominated the entire second set trouncing Kings Academy 25-7 behind strong serves from senior Keri Gee, which created trouble for the Knights’ defense.

The Vikings didn’t start any of their regulars in the third set and lost some momentum, but pulled out a 25-21 victory highlighted by a powerful kill from sophomore hitter Claire Krugler.

“[The] first two sets were solid,” Winn said. “I think we took our eye off the ball a little bit in the third got a little bit complacent and it doesn’t take much for another team to come and sneak up on you.”

Although playing against a weak opponent can be hard, Winn was happy with the way his team played.

“All in all, I can’t really complain,” Winn said.

Paly will next play in a tournament this weekend at Harbor High School in Santa Cruz, California although game times have not been revealed.

The Vikings start league play at 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24 at Los Gatos High School.