EAST BEND — After losing earlier this month, Forbush had a chance for revenge on East Wilkes, and that’s exactly what the Lady Falcons got.
The Falcons were dominant Monday night in their volleyball match against the Lady Cards, winning in three sets 25-23, 25-16, 25-16. Last time these two teams faced each other, East Wilkes pulled away in a five-set nailbiter for the win.
“We didn’t want to lose to them again,” Falcons Head Coach Amber Fulk said. “Because we felt like we were the better team the first time.”
The Falcons went out in game one and struggled early on, but were able to pull together late and grab momentum for the next two sets. After taking a 1-0 lead, they did not give East Wilkes any room for error, but they made some anyway.
East Wilkes started the match with three consecutive missed serves, something that they would have liked to have back.
“The very first game was terrible with missed serves. We got to redirect that for sure,” Lady Cards Head Coach Meredith Wingler said. “We settled for less than our best tonight.”
Sets two and three were undeniably the best sets for the Falcons Monday. They kept the pressure on and their defense really stepped up.
“That’s something we’ve struggled with this season, is keeping up our intensity. Our first set, we didn’t have the intensity. I think not playing well, having a lot of errors, and wanting to go out and minimize those in sets two and three I think motivated us a little more,” Fulk said.
East Wilkes drops down to 4-6 while Forbush moves up to 8-4. Even in their win against Forbush earlier in the month, the Lady Cards appeared to lose a bit of their fire and almost let the match slip away from them. This time around, they would have liked to have many of their missed serves back, and looking at the future have some work to do to perform well in conference play.
“That’s honestly on them at this point because they have it, they know they have it, and it’s deciding they’re going to sacrifice their bodies for each other to get on top in the end. They have it at times but we got to keep it,” Wingler said.
Forbush traveled to Carver Tuesday night for its next matchup, while East Wilkes traveled to Elkin. At press time, neither of those results were posted.
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