EAST BEND — The Forbush Falcons volleyball team started its trek towards the NCHSAA 2A volleyball state championship with a blowout win over Bunker Hill on Saturday morning. The Falcons (21-9) put on a show as they swept Bunker Hill in three sets — 25-12, 25-14, 25-17.
Forbush came out firing in the first set as Parkley Hennings started things off with a kill across the court that gave Forbush a 1-0 lead. Mackenzie Fulk followed up Hennings’ kill with her own kill on the next play. From there, it was kills galore for the Falcons as Cathryn Prim put down an outside kill that hit off of the defenders block. With the score sitting at 8-7, Forbush’s front row started to put in extra work to strengthen its lead. Colby Crater came onto the front row and placed three kills in a row, followed by three blocks with the help of Fulk. Forbush had regained is momentum to take a 19-8 lead. Forbush was able to put the first set away after Hennings put down a kill followed by a tip to give the Falcons a 25-12 win.
The momentum from the first set carried over to the second set for the Falcons as they once again came out with a purpose. Camryn Doub and Hennings put up a big outside block to start things off in Forbush’s favor. Bunker Hill was able to take a short 2-1 lead, but the Falcons started gearing up for the next few points. Hennings once again showed how dominant she is on the court by putting down two kills, then two aces. As Hennings was putting down serves, Crater was on the front row putting her own spin on the set. Crater earned four kills in the second set, followed by five blocks, which gave Forbush a spark of energy. Fulk was able to put down three kills, which ended the set 25-14 in Forbush’s favor.
Bunker Hill was able to take a lead going into the third set, but the Falcons didn’t give up. Forbush put down kill after kill on the front line, and several aces from its serves. When the final point was put down, Forbush had taken a 25-17 win to sweep the match 3-0.
With the win, the Falcons will move on to the second round of playoffs, which took place on Tuesday night. Forbush traveled to No. 5 Hendersonville (18-5). Results were not available by press deadline.