Lady Falcons fall short in five set battle

Sara Lilly serves the ball for the Lady Falcons on Thursday night.

MOUNT AIRY — On Thursday afternoon, the Forbush Lady Falcons travelled to Mount Airy to take on the North Surry Greyhounds. It was a battle for fourth place in the Foothills 2A Conference, with both teams struggling to find wins this season. The Lady Falcons were coming into the match having lost their three previous matches, with their last won coming on Sept. 16. While Forbush was looking to earn a win, the Lady Greyhounds were also desperate for a victory. It was an all out battle for both teams, as the match was capped at five sets. While Forbush hustled on the court, the Lady Falcons were unable to make the comeback and took a 2-3 (23-25, 25-21, 25-23, 16-25, 8-15) match loss.

The first set was an all out battle between both teams. Forbush gained the first point of the set off of a kill by Grace Carter, but the Greyhounds answered back on the next play. Kyra Stanley leveled the score with a kill from the outside hitter’s position, and the game was on. Carter pulled Forbush ahead with a middle kill, but North Surry tied the game with a kill by Aniya Joyce. With the set tied 3-3, North Surry was able to go on a scoring rally as they capitilized on Forbush’s mistakes. The Lady Greyhounds put three points on the board for a 6-3 lead. For the rest of the set, the score went back-and-forth between the two teams.

Sadie Badgett gave North Surry a 9-7 lead, which was followed up with a kill by Joyce for a three point lead. On the next play, Joyce laid down a hard kill from the middle hitter’s position for an 11-7 lead. With the home team out in front, Forbush had to play catch-up. Sara Lilly helped the Falcons on their uphill climb, as she put down three aces to bring the Falcons back within one point. With the score 11-10 in North Surry’s favor, Joyce and Stanley put up another two points for a four point lead.

Just when it seemed like North Surry had the set under control, the Falcons had an ace up their sleeve. Addison Harrell started a five point Forbush rally, which ended with a missed serve. The rally put Forbush on top, 15-14, which was Forbush’s second lead of the set. The lead did not last long for the visiting Falcons. For North Surry, Callie Robertson accumulated two kills which helped the home team secure a 19-18 lead. As the set was coming upon the final points, North Surry held a 24-21 lead over Forbush. The Falcons called a time out and regrouped on the court by bringing the score within one point off of a block by Meredith Fortner. Although the Lady Falcons tried to come up with the win, North Surry put down the final point with a kill by Khloe Bennett. The Greyhounds secured the first set win, 25-23, to take a 1-0 lead over Forbush.

As close as the first set was for both teams, the second set was played to the same tune. North Surry took an early 3-1 lead, then the Falcons battled back to tie the set 3-3 off of a kill by Grace Carter. Forbush was able to continue on with their streak with kills by Korbyn Brown and Harrell. The Falcons held a 16-11 lead, which gave them the momentum they needed to push to the end. Harrell put up two kills and a block, while Fortner added a block of her own and Lilly had an ace. These plays gave the Falcons a 25-21 set win to tie the match, 1-1. The Lady Falcons brought their upbeat momentum from the second set to the third set, as they captured a 25-23 win for a 2-1 lead.

North Surry played the fourth set with a complete 180-degree turn from the third set. The home team went on an eight point scoring run over the Lady Falcons. Forbush tried to dig themselves out of the hole but the Lady Greyhounds had come out swinging. North Surry was able to capture the fourth set 25-16 to send the match to the fifth and final set.

The final set was all about the home team and their resilient play. Joyce gave the Lady Greyhounds a 1-0 lead with a kill from the middle off of an over pass. Mistakes by Forbush put the Greyhounds out in front 5-1, which turned out to be the nail in the coffin. The Lady Falcons were able to battle back, but they were not able to close the distance on the scoreboard. North Surry put down four points in a row to take a 15-8 win and a 3-2 match win.

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