High school volleyball: Feeling like family helped Timpview to dominate 4A state tournament
“Part of the success we had last year is because we had 12 great kids in the gym,” said Sky View head coach Malayna Knowles. “Even thought we had one starter coming back, I never felt like we were (starting over). It was just a matter of handing it over and letting them take charge. I thought they did a great job of stepping into that role, and they were excited to have their opportunity to see what they could do.”
The team was led by senior Taylor Duryea, who finished with seven kills, while senior outside Kelsee Carlsen added four kills and junior right side Shannon Sorensen earned five kills and four blocks.
“And they’re such great kids,” Knowles said. “I would hope every coach feels that way about the kids they coach. But I know I have the best people.”
Bailey said her players were comfortable with the pressure that accompanies playing for a state title because of their experience in the last two years.
“I think the girls had a lot of confidence,” she said. “We just came in here and fought really hard for what we’ve been working for all year long.”
The difference between last year’s second place and this year’s title, Dela Cruz said, isn’t just better skills.
“We’re just more of a family,” she said. We just love each other more this year. It feels so good (to win). After losing last year, so good.”
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