Lady Rams take 3-1 win over Falcons

By Kristian Russell - krussell@elkintribune.com
Starmount’s Kayla Vanhoy (7) goes up for a kill while Forbush’s Parkley Hennings (11) goes up for the block. - Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple
Starmount’s setter, Abbey Johnson, looks to set the ball in Starmount’s 3-1 win over Forbush. - Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

BOONVILLE — When Starmount and Forbush meet in any athletic event, the atmosphere is bound to be hyped up. Last week the two teams met on the volleyball court as the Falcons traveled to Boonville to take on the Rams. In a game of long volleys, successful kills and big blocks, the Rams were able to take a 3-1 win over Forbush.

In the first set, Starmount put up an early lead and never looked back. Taylor Wood and Kayla Vanhoy came up with a huge block to give Starmount a 1-0 lead before Vanhoy killed the ball down the line for a 2-1 lead.

Forbush was able to earn points from a few Starmount mistakes, but the lead never fell towards the Falcons. Ebony Williams was able to earn the first ace of the night for Forbush to make Starmount’s lead come down to one point. As back and forth volleys took place on both sides, Colby Crater earned her first kill of the night for Forbush to make the score 6-5 in Starmount’s favor. The kill by Crater didn’t bring the Falcons to life as Starmount went on a scoring run to take a 13-8 lead over Forbush.

Forbush tried to dig out of the hole with kills by Parkley Hennings and Mackenzie Fulk, but the Rams proved to be resilient. Starmount was able to take the first set with a 25-18 score.

In the second set, the Falcons were able to earn more kills and blocks, but once again Starmount put together a scoring run that couldn’t be stopped. Forbush had a two-point lead in the middle of the set, but Starmount’s back line was able to dig every ball that came its way. The second set went to the Rams as Starmount took a 25-21 win.

In the third set, Starmount was looking to put the game away and sweep the Falcons. Unfortunately for the Rams, the Falcons found their groove to take a 25-22 win. The set started off with the Falcons winning the first volley as Crater got off a block on Maggie Freed. With a 1-0 lead, Forbush kept up its scoring as Laiken Baity found an ace.

The Falcons were able to take a 7-2 lead as Fulk, Hennings and Camryn Doub found perfect kills and a few blocks. Forbush had its biggest lead of the night with a 19-11 lead, but the Rams didn’t give up so easily. Starmount started to make a comeback with kills by Freed, Vanhoy, Wood and Callie Trivette. The ball found the floor each time to make the end of the set an interesting one.

Starmount was able to pull back within one point of the Falcons before Forbush was able to put the game away. Hennings came up with two huge blocks to give Forbush a 25-22 third-set win.

The final set came with a few bumps for both teams, but the Rams kept driving and were awarded a 25-20 win. Both teams were fighting for the win as Starmount pulled out all of the stops. The Falcons didn’t give up easily as the blocks and kills came at the right time. At the end of the set, Starmount took the win and ended the match.

Starmount’s Kayla Vanhoy (7) goes up for a kill while Forbush’s Parkley Hennings (11) goes up for the block.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_FHS.jpgStarmount’s Kayla Vanhoy (7) goes up for a kill while Forbush’s Parkley Hennings (11) goes up for the block. Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

Starmount’s setter, Abbey Johnson, looks to set the ball in Starmount’s 3-1 win over Forbush.
https://www.yadkinripple.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/web1_SHS.jpgStarmount’s setter, Abbey Johnson, looks to set the ball in Starmount’s 3-1 win over Forbush. Kristian Russell | Yadkin Ripple

By Kristian Russell

krussell@elkintribune.com