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The volleyball program is on the move at King’s Christian.

The sports programs in general have benefited from the growth of the student body at King’s Christian Academy in Callaway. And with interim athletic director John Somerville, the hope is to continue that growth.

“KCA had a very successful fall season and with the growth of the school makes for a successful future,” Somerville said. “In the upcoming 2013 season, KCA will be joining the MISAL [Maryland Independent Schools Athletic League], which will bring great opportunities for our athletes with tournaments and postseason play.”

The girls soccer team, headed by Mike Chesterman, finished with an overall record of 4-5. The boys soccer team, head coached by Rob McNutt, finished 7-2 overall.

The varsity volleyball program, coached by Brian Wallace, finished with an 8-3 overall record, a record Wallace said he’s very proud of.

“This is the first winning season our varsity volleyball program has had at KCA,” Wallace said. “We swept our rival Grace Christian twice, and had big wins at Takoma and at home against Riverdale.”

Wallace said the game against Takoma was a “doozy” and a huge turning point on the season.

“Our girls were down two games to nothing and were losing the third,” Wallace said, “and then one of the girls said something about being tired of losing and they came all the way back to win that game and never looked back, winning the match 3-2. That match really was a turning point for the team.”

Wallace said the team was anchored by three team captains, seniors Bethany Poole and Lianna Storey and sophomore Shenia Allen.

“The girls have improved across the board over the last few years and really came into their own this season,” Wallace said. “We are all very proud of them for a great season, for their sportsmanship, and for their devotion to their team.”

Chesterman and McNutt were unable to be reached for comment for this story.

tshowalter@somdnews.com