RONDA — Going into Monday night’s volleyball game against Forbush (11-4, 4-0), East Wilkes (3-7, 2-5) knew it would be facing a team which has a strong front-line presence. The Falcons have five hitters on the front line who are above 5’8”. Their height, along with their strength, makes the Falcons a stand-out volleyball team. On Monday night, they proved how strong they were by beating East Wilkes in three sets, 25-17, 27-25, and 25-15.
In the first set, the Falcons came out strong as Katie Moncus found an ace to get things started. From there, Parkley Hennings found a kill, then Hennings and Lexia Wingler paired up to earn a block. With a 5-2 lead, Forbush looked to be in control until East Wilkes’ Kallie Blackburn caught the Falcons’ defense out of position to earn a kill.
With the Cardinals down by two points, Lauren Johnson came up to serve where she earned two aces with her powerful serve to tie the game, 5-5. With the score tied, the Falcons found their saving grace when Wingler went up for a block to give the Falcons their lead back. Forbush then went on a six-point run before the Cardinals were able to score a point. While the Cardinals did break the point run, the Falcons were pumped up and went on to win the first set 25-17 with kills by Mackenzie Fulk, Colby Crater, Wingler, Hennings and Bailey Gentry.
The second set saw both teams battle to a 27-25 outcome with Forbush eventually topping East Wilkes. The Cardinals took a 3-0 lead with Rachel Prevette earning two aces before the Falcons were able to score. Forbush eventually tied the set with a kill by Hennings. The tie didn’t last long, as East Wilkes pulled ahead with a kill and two aces by Johnson. Forbush’s Hennings once again stopped East Wilkes’ run with a kill that Fulk backed up with four aces to give Forbush a 9-6 lead. Throughout the game, there were 10 ties and eight lead changes. Forbush eventually came away with a 27-25 win after a kill by Hennings and a kill by Fulk.
The third set the Falcons played to their full potential as they took a 10-3 lead over the Cardinals. Crater, Hennings, Wingler and Gentry all earned a kill from the front line, while Fulk put the ball away for a back-row kill. On the serving side, Moncus and Kaylee Bulin earned four aces for the Falcons. With things going Forbush’s way, senior Eily Vogts and sophomore Cathryn Prim were substituted in for the Falcons. Vogts made her presence known right away as she earned two kills for Forbush, then Prim earned a kill to give Forbush a 23-13 lead. Forbush went on to win the third set with a score of 25-15.
The Falcons’ win takes them to 11-4 overall, they face North Surry (10-4, 3-0) on Tuesday. Results were not available by press deadline.