WORTON — The win-loss record is not always the full measure of a team.
That’s true for Kent County’s 2021 volleyball team, which won only two matches — both at home against Pocomoke.
Michelle Phillips, the longtime coach at her alma mater, said some of the freshmen showed their dedication by working on skills on their own time.
That’s huge because Kent County does not have a youth volleyball program to feed into the high school program, as do most of the other sports at KCHS.
New players are true beginners who must learn the nuances of volleyball as well as skills such as serving, setting, hitting, blocking and passing.
That is a lot to accomplish in a three-month season.
Phillips said she was fortunate this season because “the girls pulled together and grew as a team.”
“I wanted my (five) seniors to win,” Phillips said, “but it’s bigger than that. To see them work together and develop not only as athletes, but as young ladies, is special to me.”
“I feel privileged to be a part of that,” she added.
The Trojans’ team award recipients are all seniors: Bianca Potts, most valuable player; Myona Moore, sportsmanship; and Anna Phillips, Coach’s Choice.
KCHS defeated Pocomoke in short order to open the Class 1A East Region tournament, 25-11, 25-3 and 25-13.
The locals’ playoff run ended too quickly — in the second round at North Dorchester, 25-19, 25-17 and 25-18.
North Dorchester (15-3) reached the state quarterfinals before losing to eventual runner-up Mountain Ridge.