EAST BEND — Forbush defeated East Forsyth, 3-0, Thursday to improve to 5-0 on the season.
The Falcons won 25-17, 25-21, and 25-13. Jessica Funk had 14 kills and Anna Harris added 10 in the win. Mallory Choplin and Harris had 23 and 11 digs, respectively. Briana Hinshaw and Funk led the team in assists.
Forbush defeated East Wilkes, 3-0, August 26. The sets were 25-9, 25-19, and 25-9. Funk led 13 with 13 kills, followed by Harris with nine.
Hinshaw had nine serving aces in the East Wilkes match. “That’s really incredible,” Forbush Coach Angie Funk said. “She did a great job.”
Choplin and Harris again led the team in digs with 26 and 17, respectively. Sophomore defensive specialist Sidney Matthews had 13 digs. Hinshaw, a setter, had 18 assists.
Funk said Hinshaw’s aces and assists “contributed highly to our East Wilkes win. Setters generally do not get the recognition they deserve.”
“Thus far we are having a very successful preseason and we are working hard to carry that on into out regular conference season and ultimately into the playoffs,” Funk said.
The Falcons were at North Iredell Tuesday and at Glenn today. There conference schedule starts next week.
Forbush 8, Central Davidson 2: In East Bend, the Forbush Falcons use multiple weapons to blast its way past the Spartans of Central Davidson. Ryan Miller scored a career high four goals to lead the attack, while Schuyler Eldridge, Antonio Perez, Martin Lillhager and Robert Cornelius added a goal apiece.
After two point blank misses by the Falcons, Miller was able to get his team on the board in the fourth minute with a header off of a corner kick. It was a satisfying goal for the players since they were 0-for-14 on corner kicks in the previous match.
Miller added another goal in the eighth minute, taking a pass from Gilberto Herrera and sending a rocket into the lower right corner of the net. Eldridge notched the next goal in the 12th minute by streaking through the Spartan defense and placing the ball under the outstretched arm of the goalkeeper.
Central was able to gain its composure on defense and keep the Falcons at bay for the next 23 minutes until Martin Lillhager ripped a shot from 35 yards out to give Forbush a four-goal lead. The Spartans managed to get one back a minute later as Andy Killebrew broke free of the Forbush defenders and slid a nice shot into the bottom corner of the goal.
In the second half Central looked to make a game of it as Dylan Collier was awarded a penalty kick in the 43rd minute. He stepped to the spot and cut the lead to just two goals. However, Forbush responded with its own penalty shot in the 46th minute, and never looked back. Cornelius put away the penalty. Ryan Miller added two more goals, and Antonio Perez scored his first varsity goal as the Falcons cruised to an 8-2 victory.
Forbush Coach Seth Davis was pleased with his team’s effort. “We have struggled to take advantage of our chances early in the season, but tonight our efficiency was much better,” he said. “Central had tired legs, and we were able to keep the pressure on them for most of the match.”
The Falcons host Starmount Thursday.
Starmount 8, Atkins 0: In Boonville, Ulises López and Bryan Jiménez each netted a hat trick as Starmount pulled away from Atkins for an 8-0 nonconference win Wednesday night.
Although they dominated the first half, the Rams led only 2-0 — the second goal coming with just 6:02 to play in the first half.
Starmount Coach Edgar Zamora said that being at home may have played a part in the slow start. “They’re excited,” he said. “They want their families to see them.”
It took almost 13 of the second half before López tapped in his second goal of the game to make it 3-0. Five more goals followed in the next 20 minutes as Starmount improved to 2-1.
López’s first goal came just over six minutes into the game as he bent one from 10 yards out past Atkins keeper Josh Williams. Jiménez’s first goal came with 6:02 left in the first half after he took a pass from Salomón Maya, beat his defender, and then beat the goalkeeper short side from five yards out to put the Rams up 2-0.
López’s second goal, on a set up from Jiménez, put the Rams up 3-0. Just more than three minutes later, Maya made it 4-0 deking a defender and the goalkeeper after bringing it in from the edge.
Jiménez’s second goal made it 5-0, picking up a loose ball off a corner kick and depositing it top shelf. López then made it 6-0, following a shot by Yair Álvarez.
Maya picked up a second goal with just over 10 minutes left to make it 7-0 on a shot that turned into a cross from López.
Victor Maya scored the final goal for the Rams less than two minutes later to make it 8-0.
Zamora said it was his team’s “unselfishness” that impressed him most Wednesday. He said a game like the one against Atkins will give his team “a little confidence. The guys feel good,” he said. “It helps build depth. We had guys play their first minutes this season.”
Despite the slow start, Starmount kept its shape. “No distractions,” Zamora said. “Whenever we scored a goal; whenever a ball went out, we kept out shape.”
Shots were 22-9 in favor of Starmount. The Rams had 14 shots on frame, while the Camels had nine. Starmount took eight corners, while Atkins took just one.
Starmount hosted West Stokes Tuesday before traveling to East Bend to face Forbush Thursday.
North Wilkes 3, Starmount 2: In Hays, the Vikings need a fifth set to down the Rams Thursday.
Starmount won the first set 25-23 and the fourth set 25-16. North Wilkes won the second set 25-11; the third set 25-13; and then won the tiebreaking fifth set 15-13.
North Wilkes is now 5-1. Starmount, now 1-3, hosted West Wilkes Tuesday. The Rams host Ashe County Thursday.
Starmount 3, Surry Central 1: In Dobson, Starmount withstood a comeback attempt by Surry Central to secure its first volleyball win of the season, beating the Eagles 3-1 August 26.The Rams won 25-18, 25-9, 20-25, and 25-14.
The first game went back-and-forth between the two teams. Starmount called a timeout after the Eagles pulled to within 19-17 and then closed out the game with a 6-1 run.
In the second game, the Rams went on a 9-2 run early to take control and the Eagles never recovered.
In Game 4, Starmount took command early, leading 4-0 and 14-3. Central would cut it to 18-13 but got no closer.
“(Central) had an injury to (outside hitter Kelsey Taylor) which threw their tempo off and gave us a little advantage,” coach Jon Symons of Starmount said. “I like the way we played defensively. We have to be able to frustrate teams that can swing.”
Starmount 9, North Wilkes 0: In Hays, the Rams swept the Vikings in a MVAC match.
Starmount, now 3-2 overall, hosted West Wilkes Tuesday. The Rams host Ashe County Thursday.
Singles — No. 1: Amber Hurst def. Sarah Bumgarner 6-0, 6-1; No. 2: Molly Nichols def. Angela Jordan 6-2, 6-4; No. 3: Olivia Greene def. Laura Phillips 6-1, 6-0; No. 4: Rubi Martinez def. Kaitlyn Billings 6-4, 6-4; No. 5: Alyssa Hicks def. Rebekah Daye 6-4, 4-6, 10-2; No. 6: Emily Mendenhall def. Sierra Clonch 6-2, 6-0. Doubles — No. 1: Hurst/Nichols def. Bumgarner/Jordan 8-2; No. 2: Greene/Martinez def. Phillips/Billings 8-2; No. 3: Gabby Sixtos/JoJo Welborn def. Clonch/Briana Demario 8-2.
East Wilkes 9, Starmount 0: In Ronda, the Cardinals defeated the Rams Tuesday evening.
Singles — No. 1: McKenzie Stokes d. Amber Hurst 6-3, 6-2; No. 2: Amber Parks d. Molly Nichols, 6-2, 3-6, 10-4; No. 3: Abby Burchette d. Quinn Gillian 6-3, 6-2; No. 4: Brooke Sealey d. Olivia Greene 6-1, 6-1; No. 5: Maggie Weatherman d. Rubi Martinez; No. 6: Maddi Lester d. Alyssa Hicks 6-1, 6-1. Doubles — No. 1: Stokes/Weatherman d. Hurst/Gillian 9-8; No. 2: Parks/Sealey d. Nichols/Martinez 8-0; Burchette/Brie Jarvis d. Greene/Hicks 8-0.
Elkin sweeps opening meet: In Yadkinville, the Elkin men’s and women’s cross country teams both came away winners Tuesday at Yadkinville Park.
The men placed five in the top nine and six in the top 11 to finish with 29 points — 21 points better than Forbush and Davie County. The men were paced by Blake Poplin’s 18:20. He finished second to Forbush’s Dakota Mendenhall.
On the women’s side, Shakai Ward, with a 22:54, helped Elkin to a one-point win over Davie County, 40 to 41. Elkin Coach Dan Merritt said Jarryn Kelly, Elkin’s fifth and final scorer, passed two runners in the final 100 meters to clinch the win.
Forbush was third with 48 points, while Starmount was fourth with 106.
Starmount did not have enough men running to score on the men’s side.