After a team loses or wins their last game in the Knoxville Independent School League tournaments, the league announces the All League and All Tournament selections chosen by the coaches. The Clayton-Bradley Middle School Volleyball's Varsity season came to a close Tuesday night, losing in the semifinal of the Gold Bracket to an undefeated and very good Saint John Neumann team, the #1 overall seed in The KISL.
Three of our Lady Blazers had great seasons in particular and were chosen as award winners.
KISL Division 2 All League was awarded to 8th Grader and Captain Keya Patel.
She showed great improvement from the start of the season, where she was unhappy with her play. She said, "My dad and I set up a net in the yard and practiced serving until I got 100 perfect serves over the net to be finished." Coach Cheyenne Burnett loves all that she did, "Her serves came to be so consistent and something that we could count on. Her passing grew tremendously as well. I am so proud of her. She derserves this. Her personality shines through in how she plays the game."
KISL All Gold Tournament Awards were given to two Lady Blazers, since they made it to the semifinals. 8th Grader and Captain Mia Adkins as well as 7th Grader and Captain Haylee Munsey received these awards.
Mia was a newcomer to CBA this year and proved to be a difference maker on and off the floor for this team. She always kept the energy up. Coach Burnett raved about her effort and skill, "Her hustle is what kept us in many games this season. Her specialty for us was saving the free balls that get hit over the net often. She is such a powerful young girl. Her leadership and explanations to the team helped steer the ship."
Haylee has now received back to back KISL awards. Last year she showed off her powerful serves as the leading 6th grader on 2019's JV team. This year her game grew into more than just her great serves. She was setting, hitting and blocking as a reliable source of scoring. On the night against Saint John Neumann she blocked the top players in the league and scored a couple of her own hits as well. Coach Burnett loves the growth of Haylee's skill, "Haylee has a serve that is focused and that helped us a lot in the semifinal. Her other offensive plays kept us within reach of the match. There is no one like Haylee."
Congratulations on the KISL Awards ladies. We are so proud of you and your historic season. You helped lead the way.