The first senior boys’ volleyball team to grace the court of St. Augustine in eight years won their three sets and the exhibition game that immediately followed, Sept. 26.
Kings coach Brad Normandeau said while being the first team in nearly a decade allows the team to enter the season with lower expectations upon their shoulders it also adds pressure.
“We’d like to win. I don’t want them to be doormats all season.”
The Kings had the same idea and the inexperienced team came out fighting. In their third set they were losing 24-15 yet managed to pull themselves up and win, collecting point after point in a matter of minutes.
“It was pretty good, I say we did pretty good. Sometimes we got a little too antsy but we pulled it together,” said Darien Lloyd, team captain.
Normandeau says the team’s first home game was “scrambley” but the boys have all season to improve their game. “This is the first time many of the boys have played a competitive game of volleyball.”
“I played a little beach volleyball when I was younger,” Lloyd added.
Both Lloyd and Normandeau’s focus for the team is improvement.
“I’m amazed how much they’ve grown in one week of playing and two weeks of practice,” said Normandeau.
“I want to be better with our team,” Lloyd said, referring to better communication and improved set ups.
The Kings’ first regular season game was against a Lacombe team and their last will be against the same team. Normandeau wants to use those games as the base line to gauge the team’s improvement.