Knights reign supreme in Optimist event |

Knights reign supreme in Optimist event

One of the smallest schools in the tournament claimed the big prize at the South Lake Tahoe Optimist Volleyball Tournament.

Kingsbury Middle School captured the seventh-grade championship Feb. 2. The Knights’ excellent demonstration of fundamentals and team spirit led to the championship, according to co-coach Nancy Roberts.

In the finals, the Knights toppled Carson Valley Middle School, which had defeated Kingsbury earlier in the tournament. St. Theresa, South Tahoe, Carson and Eagle Valley also competed in the tournament.

Co-coach of the Knights was Jordan Reeder, a Whittell High School senior who helped lead the Warriors to their fifth straight state volleyball championship last fall.

“She came around last year, but this year she came to every game and she did a lot of the practices,” Roberts said. “She was always there for the girls and just had a rapport with the girls. She spoke on their level.”

Reeder’s sense of fundamentals really benefited the team.

“Jordan’s ability to communicate and demonstrate the techniques of defense and offense was phenomenal,” Roberts said. “Her ability to encourage in a way that made them want to improve and strive to implement all skills shown in practice gave this year’s seventh-grade team an advantage.”

In addition to the Optimist tournament title, the Knights were champions of the Tah-Neva League.

Reeder has recently been accepted to Cornell University, where she will augment her studies by playing for the school’s Division I volleyball team.

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