KINGSWOOD’S Autumn Wilber goes up to the net against Kennett’s Kayla Kennett during action Oct. 1 in Wolfeboro. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
October 08, 2012WOLFEBORO — Kingswood volleyball coach Mike Christy is lucky he is bald.
After all, cake and frosting clean off a bald head much easier than out of hair.
And the Kingswood coach had much to celebrate, as he notched his 100th career varsity win on Monday, Oct. 1, as the Knights bested Kennett 3-0 and his team made sure to get their coach with a few slices of the celebratory cake.
Christy took 10-plus years of coaching at the varsity level, starting at Belmont and moving on to Kingswood, to reach his 100-win plateau, but he is hopeful that it is just the start.
"I hope there's plenty more to come," he said.
While Christy was looking forward after the game, prior to the game, the Knights took time to honor the very first Kingswood varsity team, which took the floor in 2003 under the direction of Dr. Jim Manning, who joined Christy on the bench for the game.
Former Knights Katrina (Jenkins) Watson, Dru Sisson, Rosie Lemery, Ashley Ann Heyl, Ashley Pinkham, Bridget Manning, Nicole Comeau and Nicoel Harriman were on hand for the celebration, while Sara Westenberg, Sarah Glidden, Katie Simons, Andrea Melanson, Chrissy Flynn, Shelly Smith, Shelly Lord and Stacie Harriman were also honored.
"The program, now in its 10th year, would like to celebrate this milestone by welcoming the pioneers of volleyball here at Kingswood," said Norman Adjutant in the pregame announcement.
Christy was happy to welcome back the players who got the program off the ground a decade ago.
"I was really glad we could do that for them," Christy said.
Then the Knights got down to business, disposing of their county rivals relatively quickly, with a 25-12, 25-15, 25-13 victory, the first home win of the season for the Knights.
Autumn Wilber got the Knights off on the right track, as she served the first 10 points of the game and got the hosts off to a 10-0 lead. Emily Rumery came up with a number of huge kills in the run and Cassie Bates had a nice tip for a point as well. Wilber also chipped in with an ace.
Kennett finally got on the board with the next two points and Ashley Lamar and Kayla Kennett had good points for the Eagles as they cut the lead to 12-5. Another kill from Rumery upped Kingswood's lead, but Kennett came up with a kill and Lamar earned an ace to cut the lead to 13-8.
Wilber came up with a big hit for a point and then stepped to the service line to put up five more points in a row. Again, Rumery chipped in with some big kills and Wilber had an ace, but Jacinda Huot got the Eagles back on the board.
However, a nice kill from Allie Campbell and an ace from Casey Sargent closed out the 25-12 win for the Knights.
Wilber had another ace for the second point of the second game and Taylor Durand had a good return to get the Knights out to a 3-1 lead. A Sargent ace made it 4-1 and the Knights built a 7-2 lead, with Bates making a strong play at the net.
Cadie Camille had an ace for the Eagles to get them back in the match, but Rumery answered with a trio of aces and an Emily Jewett kill kept the Knights pulling ahead.
Kayla and Charlotte Kennett helped the Eagles battle back, as both made nice plays at the net and Charlotte Kennett turned in a couple of aces, cutting the lead to 17-11. However, a Wilber ace got Kingswood back on track and Durand and Sargent helped the Knights close out the 25-15 victory.
Kennett got out to a 3-0 lead in the third game, as Camille got the first point and Lamar netted an ace for the second point. However, a great play out of the net by Sargent sparked the Knights and Sargent added three aces and a great diving return and Bate had a big block as the Knights came back to take a 6-4 lead.
Kimmi Adjutant added to the lead with an ace and Marina McGoon did the same as the Knights began to pull away. Charlotte Kennett did her best to keep the Eagles close with a couple of strong plays at the net, but Wilber answered on the other side of the net with some big kills. After Camille cut the lead to 19-10 with a kill, Abby Vaughn, McGoon and Jewett helped the Knights pull away and take the 25-13 win.
Christy was happy the girls were able to pick up a home win for the first time this season and getting out to the quick lead was important.
"It's nice to get a good start," Christy said. "I told the girls before the game, most of this season you're going to get everyone's best."
While the Eagles came in without a win on the season, Christy knows not to overlook anyone.
"It doesn't matter what anyone's record is, they all have experience," he said. "If we don't play smart and disciplined, we'll get beat."
The Knights enjoyed another typical serving night, as they continue to be strong from the line.
"We are normally a good serving team," Christy said. "We missed some individual serves tonight, but I blame that on Monday. It tends to do that."
The Knights will be in action on Monday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. against Plymouth and will be at Coe-Brown for a 6 p.m. game on Wednesday, Oct. 17.
The Eagles will be in action on Friday, Oct. 12, at home against Portsmouth, the final home game of the season. The Eagles will visit Coe-Brown for a game on Monday, Oct. 15, and finish the season at Laconia on Wednesday, Oct. 17, with all games set for 6 p.m. varsity starts.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 569-3126