Krop Volleyball’s Season Comes to an End

Ryan Curtis

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After facing injury and struggles, the 16-5 boys varsity volleyball team overcame issues and advanced as far as regional finals.

Starting the season off hot at a 10-0 put the team at sixth in the state, looking like true contenders at a state championship. The first loss of the season came in an intense five set match to Miami Sunset Senior High. After losing the first set, Krop’s ambition helped them win the next two sets, taking a 2-1 game lead. A loss in the fourth set forced the game to a fifth, where Krop lost 16-18. This loss pushed them from sixth in the state to 1oth.

The Smoothie King Tournament is a highly anticipated two-day tournament featuring some of the best high school teams in the state. Entering, Krop had strong hopes of succeeding and maybe even winning the tournament. On day one, not only did Krop lose two out of their three games, but they lost star setter, Ross Vaygensberg after he landed on the foot of an opponent under the net, making his season come to an end. Day two of the tournament was better for Krop as they swept Terra Institute as well as Monarch High School in the bronze finals.

After Vaygensberg got hurt, sophomore Ben Bregman stepped up as starting setter, hoping to help lead Krop to victory.

Losing to their rivals, ATM, the last two years in district finals gave the team extra motivation to knock out the Sharks from advancing any further. Even with the game being held at ATM’s court, Krop was able to defeat ATM, sweeping them 3-0 in their own house.

A week later, they traveled back to ATM to face off against BLANK in the district finals. Krop, again pulled off a 3-0 sweep to advance to regional finals.

Krop faced South Broward in the regional finals with a chance to make it to state quarters. They came out strong and dominated, winning the first set with ease. After that however, it was a one team show with South Broward taking control of the next three sets, ending The Lightning’s season.