Lady Eagles fall short of Falcons in 5 sets
by Jeff Linville Staff Reporter
DOBSON — The Lady Eagles volleyball team pushed Forbush all the way to the brink before falling 15-13 in the fifth set.
Surry Central took the first set, then lost the next two. The Eagles rallied in the fourth, but couldn’t quite pull out the final set.
This was the final home match of the season, but the Eagles celebrated Senior Night last week because this was the team’s “pink” game for cancer awareness.
While the final result was very close, Coach Carrie Hutchens said she was disappointed with her team for not pulling out the win. The match shouldn’t have even gone to a fifth set, she believed.
The girls put out a great effort in narrowly losing to North Surry last week, but that same hustle wasn’t there Tuesday, she said. They didn’t get to enough balls, and they still weren’t communicating well — a factor she mentioned in Monday’s loss to 4A West Forsyth.
After a 12-4 start, the Eagles have now dropped three straight as the regular season winds to a close.
North Surry has wrapped up first place in the new Western Piedmont Conference, but Central and Forbush are battling for second place — and an important first-round bye in the six-team conference tournament.
“Forbush is a good team, but we beat ourselves,” Hutchens said Tuesday. The team put together some runs, but also made things hard on themselves repeatedly.
The Eagles took the first set 25-17, but lost 18-25. In the third frame, Central came close, but didn’t finish strong in a 23-25 loss. They rebounded to win 25-17 and force the final set, but fell short.
After rolling her ankle last match, Kaitlin Kidd returned to the court.
Her ankle wasn’t a factor, said Hutchens, as Kaitlin had 33 assists, five kills, seven digs and 28 serves in play with four aces.
Kelsey Taylor led the Eagles with 11 kills, Cassidy Joyner eight, Tori Blevins four, and McKenzie Danley and Kendra Johnson three each.
Taylor also led in blocks with four stuffs. Danley, Joyner, Key and Kidd had one each.
Johnson provided 25 digs and Joyner 23. Taylor added six digs, and Brooke Lewis and Holly Mason five each.
On serves, Joyner had 17 serves in play, Lewis 15 with one ace, Mason 13 with an ace, 11 for Taylor and Johnson, and 10 for Blevins with an ace.
The Eagles wrap up the regular season Thursday at West Stokes.
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