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 who have 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, the Falcons proved how strong they were by beating the Cardinals in three sets, 25-17, 27-25, and 25-15.
“I think that we have potential to be better than what we showed today,” said East Wilkes Head Coach Kassi Money. “There were points and rallies that were great, but we just need to get past the errors instead of keeping it in our minds and not moving forward like we need to.”
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. East Wilkes’ Alexis Pardue found a block and three kills in the first set, while Brooke Ward found an ace. The Cardinals stuck with the Falcons for most of the set, until Forbush found several aces and kills to earn a 25-17 win.
“They did better (than the Starmount game), so that’s always a plus. I just feel like we can do even better,” said Money. “These girls are a great group of girls. I love them to death and they are a joy to work with.”
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. The Cardinals came up with several blocks, and kills courtesy of Blackburn, Pardue, Katie Prevette and Leah Byrd. Although the Cardinals were able to come up with 25 points, Forbush eventually came away with a 27-25 win.
After a dominating second set, the Cardinals tried to stick with the Falcons but were unable to replicate their second set performance. The Falcons took a 10-3 lead over the Cardinals early in the set with Crater, Hennings, Wingler and Gentry all earning a kill from the front line, while Fulk put the ball away for a back-row kill. Katie Prevette earned a kill for the Cardinals to take the score to 10-4, but Forbush had most of the momentum as they ended up winning the third set 25-15.
“We have to fully unleash our potential and I know it’s in there somewhere. We just have to find it.” said Money.
With the loss, the Cardinals move to 3-7 overall, their next match is Tuesday at Wilkes Central. Results were not available by press deadline.