Boys volleyball gets last word against rival Kellam


Josh Brown

Noah Naas goes up to spike the ball after a set from Lucas Bushey.

Boys volleyball swept the Knights at Kellam on Nov. 19 in the state semi-finals.

The Dolphins won with set scores of 27-25, 26-28, and 22-25. Kellam held game point leads in each of the first two games, but the Dolphins held on with amazing sequences that set up a game-winning kill by Caillou Sleiman in the first and a game-winning block by Nate Chown in the second.

“My team is mentally tough. We made a bunch of adjustments this week in practice, and we worked hard,” said coach Heath Boomer. 

The Dolphins were 0-2 against the Knights in their rivalry games through the regular season losing the first game 3-0 and the second 3-2 in a five-game thriller. 

“There were definitely expectations of how this game would go but we worked hard in practice, ran through all the drills, set up all the schemes and did everything we could to give us the best chance to win,” said senior captain Pierce Corson. 

Neither team allowed any breathing room keeping the score within four points the whole game. The team is led by seniors Pierce Corson, Noah Naas, and libero Lucas Bushey.

“These guys put in some hard work. I was really proud of their effort; there is no second for effort. Their effort was top-notch,” said Boomer.

The Dolphins will play James River High School this Thursday at VCU’s Siegel Center in the state championship game.

“I’m really proud of my teammates. The win feels great,” said Pierce.