Article by MSGVarsity’s Kieran Lynch:
It’s no secret that momentum is king in volleyball, but Kellenberg managed to will it from seemingly thin air when it needed it the most; down 0-2 and facing a final set against CHSAA rival Chaminade.
The host Firebirds took the final three sets to seal a 24-26, 18-25, 25-22. 25-22, 25-20 comeback victory Monday made possible not only by quality play, but by on-the-court emotion that never left or turned negative, even when defeat seemed imminent.
“You can’t look down on yourself because then the other team gets the momentum and they start swinging harder,” Kevin Keenan said. “When I went out there, I just kept trying to swing as hard as I could and play as hard as I could to bring my team up.”
Keenan, who had 19 kills, energized the Firebirds (9-2) by patting teammates on the back after every point and letting out yells whenever fortune would swing in his side’s favor. It rubbed off on his teammates.
“Just a lot of screams, a lot of hype from the teammates,” Aidan McManaman said.