Volleyball roundup
By Joe Short Thomas Dale Boys The Dale boys team finds itself at 8-3 overall. They have split the season series with rival James River, the team that knocked them off in the state tournament last season. Coach Josh Forbes praised Gabe Palmer. “He is an anchor for us... Read more
Knights  looking to win state
Despite losing two college talents and three first-team all-state contributors, coach Joshua Forbes actually thinks that this year’s rendition of Thomas Dale High School boys volleyball could be better. “We have so much balance,” Forbes said. “We have a team full of guys who could be our go-to guy... Read more
TDHS grad nets success: Blankenbecler makes name for himself at another Chesterfield school
Michael Blankenbecler, James River High School’s boys volleyball coach, never expected to become a coach, much less have three state championships tucked comfortably under his belt within the first five seasons of his career. In fact, Blankenbecler’s earliest athletic endeavors didn’t involve volleyball at all, but baseball and basketball,... Read more
Knight volleyballers fall in state final
ABOVE: Will Kimenhour (32) and Andrew Carraway try to block a James River strike. Thomas Dale High School’s boys volleyball team knocked on heaven’s door Thursday evening, but James River answered. The Rapids dispatched the Knights 3-1 to claim their third state title in the last five seasons. “This community... Read more
Thomas Dale High School’s boys volleyball team is headed to the state tournament. On the cusp of a region title, the Knights are preparing for a run at a state championship. Thomas Dale and James River played Monday in the regional final. The winner will be the top seed... Read more
Thomas Dale boys volleyball team shares the volunteer spirit
ABOVE: Josh Forbes is pictured during a boys volleyball practice last week. He encouraged his team to volunteer to help the community, and the idea has spread to other teams at Thomas Dale High School. Forbes is in his sixth year of coaching at the school. Every generation has... Read more
Matoaca volleyball sends two to highest collegiate level
Under coach Tiara Boyd, Matoaca volleyball made a historic postseason run this year to the 5A state tournament, a first in school history. Now, two players have reaped the benefits of their hard work and success in the classroom and on the court. Senior Mackenzy Johnson has committed to... Read more
Matoaca girls’ volleyball, led by coach Tiara Boyd, accomplished a school first last Thursday when they defeated Glen Allen 3-2. The Warriors became the first team of any sport in school history to advance to a state tournament. Matoaca will face Atlee Wednesday, Nov. 8 in the first round... Read more
By Yousef Hattar – Setting the tone at the beginning of the year and finishing it off strong is the formula for a winning season. The Matoaca girls’ volleyball team is doing just that. With a record of 22-3, the Warriors climbed their way up to a Conference 12... Read more
When teammates are friends on and off the court, it creates excellent chemistry, and that can be the key to winning big games. The Thomas Dale boys’ volleyball team knows all about team chemistry, and that has given them the edge in a few close games, including their five-set... Read more