Bulldogs triumph for title

Published 11:57pm Friday, November 8, 2013

The top-seeded boys’ volleyball team at King’s Fork High School took on No. 2 Heritage High School on Thursday to decide which would be Ironclad Conference 18 tournament champions.

The Bulldogs proved their standing, winning 25-17, 23-25, 27-25, 25-19 at Nansemond River High School.

“All in all, I think we played very well,” said KF head coach Joseph Burns, who was recently named conference Coach of the Year for boys’ volleyball.

King's Fork High School's Cal Bailey, left, and Dale Roscoe patrol the net during the Bulldogs' 4-set win over Heritage High School in the Ironclad Conference 18 tournament title game on Thursday at Nansemond River High School. Roscoe had 11 kills and nine blocks while Bailey had six kills and 25 assists.
King’s Fork High School’s Cal Bailey, left, and Dale Roscoe patrol the net during the Bulldogs’ 4-set win over Heritage High School in the Ironclad Conference 18 tournament title game on Thursday at Nansemond River High School. Roscoe had 11 kills and nine blocks while Bailey had six kills and 25 assists.

The one major hiccup came via the second game loss when Burns said the Bulldogs received first and the Hurricanes were able to build up a lead off of good service.

“Heritage is a good team,” he said. “They have some players that can really hit the ball.”

“We were able to disguise our hits a little bit better toward the end, I guess, and our big guys really came up strong with blocks,” Burns said.

He added, “The two Roscoe brothers had their best night of the season.”

Dale Roscoe contributed 11 kills and nine blocks while his brother Chris had 11 more kills and six blocks. Additionally, Aireon Leary recorded nine kills, four assists and three blocks, while Cal Bailey distributed 25 assists to go with six kills.

Burns said a key to King’s Fork’s strength this year is its multiplicity of offensive threats.

“In years past, we only had one or two strong offensive people to go to, but this year with the players that we have, we can have a very balanced attack,” he said.

Reacting to the Coach of the Year honor, Burns said, “I’m, of course, very pleased. I’m ecstatic about it.”

He deflected a good deal of the credit to his assistant coach, Angie Gatling. Between the two of them, he said, “I think we made a very good team.”

King’s Fork (15-9) will host Indian River High School to start the regional tournament on Monday at 5:30 p.m.

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