By Ric Webb
News Sports Editor
It's not always easy to assess a volleyball season after it's all over. Sometimes, the final record doesn't always tell the entire story.
That may be the case for the Twin Valley High School boys' team this spring. They finished with an overall record of 4-10, but head coach Chuck Kegereis was not unhappy with his team's performance.
"The team had a very good year despite the record," he said. "We fought hard in every match and never gave up. We made progress the entire year and improved in many areas."
What hurt the team most this spring was inconsistency. They would look like a championship team during stretches in a match, then give up a bundle of points to kill any momentum they acquired.
"We played well most of the time," said the coach. "But once you lose the momentum, it's hard to regain it."
They had some momentum when the season started. They opened their Berks League schedule with a pair of wins over Pottsville (3-1) and Fleetwood (3-2).
But then they ran into the likes of volleyball powerhouses like Exeter and Wilson which resulted in a pair of losses. They followed that up with losses to Daniel Boone and Governor Mifflin and they were suddenly looking at a 2-4 record.
After getting back on the winning track with a 3-1 victory over Reading, Pottsville got its revenge on the Raiders with a 3-2 win that kept Twin Valley below the .500 mark.
The team was led by players like Pat Forrest, who according to Kegerreis, "did a fine job of running our offense," as well as Doug Weinhold and Ervan Wallace, the team's main attackers.
"Ben Drumheller and Dave Larson played very well also," said Kegerreis. "I was pleased with everyone's desire and dedication."
Kegerreis also said that Drumheller and Larson were the team's most improved players this season.
"What I liked about this team most was its never give up attitude," said the coach. We had our weaknesses, like consistencey in serving and hitting, but they had a lot of desire all season."
The Raiders will graduate six seniors from the team which will leave some significant holes in the line-up next year. But Kegerreis believes he has the talent to replace those holes and he's looking forward to a better season next year.
"We will have some very good JV players moving up to the varsity level next year," he said. "We were able to get them some playng time and I believe it will pay off next year."