Experienced Knights head into 2017 season with high aspirations

Experienced Knights head into 2017 season with high aspirations | Volleyball
King’s has 6 players who are 5-10 or taller
By David Pan | Sep 14, 2017
King’s may be a 1A school, but the Knights volleyball team is standing tall.
Opponents should be prepared to face a squad with quite a bit of height. King’s roster included six players, who are 5-feet-10 or taller.
While some other larger schools have struggled with turnout, King’s coach Jeff Fransen and his staff had 46 players out for the team this season.
“The younger girls have been around in the King’s community and have been able to watch the success of the team,” Fransen said. “The girls we have with height have been around the school since preschool.”
Last year King’s season ended at the Bi-district tournament. The Knights previously advanced to state every year since 2003.
King’s looks to have the personnel to make a strong run to get back to state.
“We are returning quite a bit of varsity experience,” Fransen said. “But we’re still young.”
King’s offense made a strong debut in a 25-21, 18-25, 25-19, 25-13 victory over 3A Edmonds-Woodway
“Every hitter was involved,” Fransen said. “We were working hard. We ended up wearing them down through our relentlessness.”
The offense is led by two new setters – senior Tessa Foley and sophomore Ava Mason.
Sophomore Allison Hansen, a 5-11 outside hitter, recorded 22 kills. The Knights also will be looking to juniors Dominique Kirton and Baily McCutchen, two 5-11 outside hitters. Senior Sydney Jones, a 6-1 standout, should be an imposing force in the middle. Freshman Noelle Alberda, a 5-11 middle hitter, earned a varsity spot
“She already is making an impact,” Fransen said. “We expect that to continue as she gets more and more comfortable.”