EAST BEND — Coming into Monday night’s game against Forbush, the East Wilkes Cardinals knew they would have to give it their all as both teams were facing each other for the second time in a week. Last week Forbush dominated in three matches, and this week the Falcons came out swinging once again and beat the Cardinals in the same fashion. Forbush dominated every set and became consistently better throughout the night with scores from all three sets coming in at 25-17, 25-7, and 25-8.
The first set the Cardinals stuck with the Falcons for the majority of the game, until Kaylee Bullin stepped up to serve and earned four aces for Forbush. Colby Crater also came up for the Falcons as she earned a block and a kill, while Bailey Gentry also earned a kill to give Forbush a 13-5 lead. With the Falcons dominating the court, East Wilkes called two time-outs within three plays. The timeout gave the Cardinals a chance to take a breather and shake off their nerves.
With the score 13-6, the Cardinals started to play like they usually do as they closed the scoring gap to 19-12. Lauren Johnson had two aces to get the Cardinals out of their rut, while Kallie Blackburn and Alexis Pardue both had two kills.Unfortunately for the Cardinals, the Falcons’ front row put on a dominating performance as they came up with several blocks and kills to give the Falcons a 25-17 win.
The second set saw the Falcons and the Cardinals stick with each other until the Falcons broke a 4-4 tie with a back-row kill from Fulk. Fulk’s kill put the Falcons ahead 5-4 and Forbush never looked back. At the end of the second set, the Cardinals fell 25-7 to the Falcons. The Cardinals’ seven points came from a few kills by Katie Prevette, Pardue, Leah Byrd and Rachel Prevette.
After the Falcons dominated in the second set, the Cardinals tried to break down Forbush in the third set, but they were unsuccessful. While East Wilkes stuck with the Falcons for the first few points, Forbush ultimately ended up with a 25-8 win.
The loss takes the Cardinals to 3-10 overall, they face North Wilkes on Oct. 5. Results were not available by press deadline.
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