King’s Academy passing duo reflect on volleyball’s inaugural season

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School is out for the summer, but class is still in session.

It’s time to review the highlights of Palm Beach County’s past sports seasons and remind yourself of the names you need to know before a new cycle is just around the corner.

The spring semester is known for boasting Palm Beach’s most successful programs, including but not limited to longtime powerhouses such as Palm Beach Gardens baseball or St. Andrew’s tennis. However, one team emerged as a state favorite for years to come during its first year in the field.

King’s Academy men’s volleyball finished with a 21-6 record and a regional semi-final appearance before being preceded by top-seeded Park Vista, a run that likely wouldn’t have been possible without the duo. of smugglers Micah Tumas and Logan Taylor.

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The two were voted co-athletes of the week by the Palm Beach Post for their contributions against Pine Crest, Suncoast and Somerset Academy-Canyons, with their 3-0 shutout against Somerset being the fourth in a five-game winning streak for the Leos. .

“There were four of us who knew how to play and the others learned quickly,” Tumas said. “My teammates were so positive and encouraging to each other.”

“These games were so exciting. These guys who have never touched volleyball have fallen in love with the sport and many of them are joining a club team to improve next year,” Tumas said.

“This season has been one of my favorites. I’m so grateful the school added men’s volleyball and I was very proud of my team’s effort to make this a season to remember,” Taylor said. , after wanting a program. at King for years, knowing his peers would appreciate him.

King's Academy rising senior Logan Taylor in action for the Lions during the inaugural season of the men's volleyball program.

Taylor, a rising senior, made the sport’s addition worthwhile, finishing the season ranked 17th in the nation with 87 service aces. Statewide, Taylor’s .387 hit percentage ranks 19th and is ranked No. 22 with 477 assists.

“Logan is the captain of the team and brings a lot of volleyball IQ considering his club team is one of the best in the country,” King’s coach Christy Taylor said of the experience. of Logan’s “extremely useful in directing a smart offense” beyond just King’s lineup. of any kind.

With a chemistry that dates back to their younger years, the right-handed left arm – literally – Tumas was a “perfect fit” against Taylor.

Taylor led the roster with 477 assists, averaging 5.7 per set. Averaging 4.7 in each set, Tumas wasn’t too far behind with 405.

“Logan and Micah have been best friends since they were little,” Taylor said, after watching the two go from being club coaches at Palm Beach Juniors to all the traveling that has come with being Logan’s mom off the field.

“They’re very happy when the other is successful and having two passers who can hit equally well is a huge advantage at the high school level,” Taylor said. “It gives us a lot of options.”

Tumas’ 196 kills were third-best on the team. The second also added 52 aces with an 81.5 service percentage.

Yet neither player bragged about their individual athletic prowess or natural ability, only the praise of their coach who handed his role as head coach of King’s daughters to volleyball figure Sam Skelton. longtime local, to focus on developing the men’s team to the same level of success.

“I’m so grateful for the great training. I could feel better every day,” Tumas said.

“I think his style of coaching reflects the team and the way we bonded and were able to play at a high level so quickly,” Tumas said, calling Taylor “the most positive coach I’ve had. never had”.

“I can talk to him on the field and off the game, about strategy and team dynamics,” Taylor’s son said.

“She’s one of the most capable coaches I’ve played for and she has a special place in her heart for all the players. They become like her children,” Taylor said.

Fortunately, the home environment Taylor has created will keep her from feeling like an empty nest this summer, even with senior graduates, busy club schedules and Logan preparing for his final year in the co-op.

“I hope they continue to invest in those friendships so the players know we appreciate them as athletes but more importantly we appreciate them as people,” Taylor said, reminiscing about the joy. that comes with seeing your players enjoying each other’s company after school. when she plays smash ball or beach volleyball at home.

“If they do that, we won’t have to miss them in the offseason. They’ll still be hanging around my backyard!”

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