RONDA — The Forbush Falcons volleyball team traveled to East Wilkes last week to take on the Cardinals. It took four sets for the Falcons to come away with a win to move their overall record to 3-4. The Falcons won the first set 27-25, won the second set 25-22, lost the third set 25-23, and won the fourth set 25-17.
The Falcons and the Cardinals played wire to wire in the first three sets. Both teams were fighting for every ball and kept things tight until the fourth set when Forbush was able to take the lead and put the match away.
Parkley Hennings gave Forbush a 1-0 lead in the first set as she put down a hard kill. East Wilkes was able to answer back as Aubri Smithey found a kill of her own to tie the set 1-1. Both teams kept the back and forth battle going until East Wilkes was able to pull away to take an 8-5 lead.
Corey Spicer found an ace to make the score 9-5, but the lead didn’t last long as the Falcons started gearing up for a comeback. Mackenzie Fulk recorded her first kill from the back row to start the scoring streak for the Falcons. Colby Crater came away with a block, which she followed up with a kill to tie the game. Fulk recorded two kills in a row to give Forbush a 10-9 lead over the Cardinals.
The set kept leaning one way then would go back the other as both teams had kills and blocks. The Falcons were able to pull away with the win after Fulk and Crater found a block to make the score 27-25.
Things started to come together in the second set for the Falcons. Forbush went on an eight point scoring run before East Wilkes started to earn a few points. East Wilkes started to battle back with kills from Smithey and Katie Prevette. Forbush was able to bring the scoring back its way to make the score 21-10.
It wasn’t long before the Cardinals rallied to make the set 21-20. Ashlyn Nixon was the focal point of East Wilkes’ comeback as she earned nine aces to bring the Cardinals within two-points. Just as it seemed East Wilkes would take the lead, Forbush’s Camryn Doub earned two kills to put the game back in Forbush’s favor. Forbush was able to secure the win as Crater earned a kill to give the Falcons a 25-22 win.
Even though East Wilkes was down 2-0, the Cardinals continued fighting. In the third set, the win finally went to East Wilkes. The Cardinals relied on their veterans players to make the tough plays as Kandice Darnell and Prevette were able to earn aces and kills. East Wilkes was able to win the third set 25-23 over Forbush.
The fourth set seemed to be all East Wilkes as the Cardinals went on a six-point scoring run. The Falcons made the uphill battle to take the lead back as Fulk earned several kills followed by an ace by Crater and a block by Doub. Forbush went on a scoring run before taking a 25-17 win over East Wilkes to take the match 3-1.
The Falcons host Carver on Tuesday night, while East Wilkes host South Stokes on Wednesday afternoon.