Coed Volleyball wins county championship

This year, PHS’s coed volleyball team finished with a record of 12-1 and won the county championship against Churchill High School on May 16.

The championship game against Churchill was tight, with PHS winning 3 out of 5 games. In the end, the Falcons won the last game 17 to 15 and brought home the win.

PHS last won the county championship in 2014 against Northwood High School.

Junior Robert Queen reflected on the past season, and expressed his satisfaction with how the team played this year. He believes in the team’s ability to do as well, or even better, next season. I

In addition, Queen’s own personal goals include trying out to be captain and libero for the team next year.

Coach Megan Kenneweg played for PHS varsity volleyball before she graduated in 2009, and is now head coach for the coed team.

Kenneweg expressed her excitement for the 2018 season, noting “The team has so much potential, they just need to be comfortable with competition and allow [their] ability to come through.”

Regarding games beyond the regular season, Kenneweg says, “With each playoff match, we start back at 0-0; on any given any a team can win or lose. We need to go out there and play our game.”

As the team prepared for the championship match, seniors Kahlil Greene and Christina Zhang shared the team’s preparation experience.

Greene says, “We do a lot of team bonding as in having lunch and dinners together.”

Zhang also notes that she’s been preparing for the big match by “trying to stay calm and just imagining [them] winning.”

The championship match had Greene feeling nervous yet excited because CHS had won against teams that PHS volleyball had struggled against this season.

This year’s team has 9 graduating seniors: Keila Alfaro, Eamon Chen, Kahlil Greene, Alexis Pak, Cal Pringle, Daven Ramana, Praneeth Thota, Jordan Tisaranni, and Christina Zhang.

The team had their senior night on April 24, where they won 3-0 against Watkins Mill.

Zhang’s advice for returning members is to “really work on team relations on the court… the reason the team was so successful this year was the team dynamic.”

Kenneweg also says that “[They] have a very experienced team this year. My goal for next season would be for the returners to keep the momentum going!”