GHS volleyball senior Kiley Feeney closed the regular season in style, racking up her season-highs in kills and digs in the Guardians final two games.
Feeney had 11 kills (season-high), six digs, and an ace in a four-set win over Wethersfield on Oct 22. She followed it up with a 13 dig (season-high), six kill, three ace performance in a four-set win over Simsbury in the regular season finale on Oct 25.
Feeney said her confidence has been sky-high since the team beat Avon midway through the season, “I’ve been trying to keep it up and playing confident every game . We’re playing as a team and when we play as a team I’m not afraid to make a mistake because the whole team has my back.”
The Guardians finished the regular season 14-4, winning the final four games to enter the postseason tournaments with momentum.
“We’re feeling like this season is special because of what happened last year. We are very fortunate to have a true season instead of the 10 games we had last year. Being able to play teams that we didn’t get a chance to play last year is huge,” added Feeney. “We play like every game could be our last because of what happened last year and with that we play our hardest every single game.”
This week is the CCC tournament, followed by the Class LL tournament, starting Nov 8.
Entering the state tournament, the Guardians have the eighth best winning percentage among all the Class LL teams.
“I definitely think we’re peaking at the right time. We’re not playing like six individuals on the court, we’re playing as a whole and everyone seems like they’re at their best right now,” added Feeney. “I think that is evident in practices right now because we are pushing each other day in and day out. It’s awesome to see the hard work paying off.”
Feeney also plays basketball and believes the team should have another great season this winter.
Off the courts, the senior is also part of Key Club, Best Buddies Club, and Big Siblings Club, saying “it’s a way to give back to the community.”
Feeney hasn’t decided where she’ll attend college, but wants to stay in New England as she pursues a career in business.
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