Girls Varsity Volleyball
Game Summaries & Headlines.
The Eagles seven game win streak ended in front of a raucous crowd at North Stafford on Thursday night. The “good gals” fell to the North Stafford Wolverines in three sets (25-20, 25-19 and 25-18) but it was a great match against clearly the areas two best teams.
During the winning streak, the GREEN has been guilty of some slow starts in matches. On Thursday, the Forge battled from the opening serve, and it was just not their night against the Wolverines. The Eagles never led in the opening set, dominated the second set, before committing too many unforced errors to fall in the second, and by the time we got to the third, the wind was clearly out of the Eagles sails.
This young team battled the talented Wolverines but they just could not close out when they had the opportunity. Something that they will learn as go through the remaining schedule. This was a battle of the district unbeaten, and despite the 3 set victory, it was far from a dominating sweep.
The Forge started aggressively but fell victim to four consecutive kills early in the first by the Wolverines Victoria Barrett. That run gave the home team an 8-4 lead but the Forge would respond. Simone Newell provided a highflying kill to cut the lead to one and even though the Forge lost, the next point and incredible dig by Loren Bell made North earn the point.
The Eagles had a little spark from that Bell play and on consecutive serves got a block from Newell, a kill from Kourtney Kynard and a couple of blocks from Emma Lazerson and Kynard to tie the set at 10-10. The Wolverines made a little run and got consecutive kills from Penn State commit Sydney Ferguson to go ahead 16-11. The home team took control from there and with some unforced errors by the Eagles, pocketed a 20-15 win in set number one.
The Forge took the floor for set two knowing that they had a chance in that initial set, but they just did not finish. They were determined to get their feet under them in the second and came out “en fuego”. The fiery sophomore Paityn Walker took the serve to start the set and the Eagles threw the first punch going out to a 6-0 lead. North tried to claw back into it with key play from Ferguson and Barrett but the Forge build the lead up to 15-9. Key plays in the run came from the serve of Bell who came up roses when the ball caught the top of the net and fell harmlessly for the Eagles point. That was followed by two consecutive kills from Emma Lazerson who displayed to the crowd a couple of LAZERSON LAZERS and the Forge looked in command. The command got a little shaky after that as North took four of the next 5 points to cut the lead to 16-13 and it was an Eagle timeout in an attempt to stop this one from slipping away.
Slip away it did as the Forge started to feel the pressure and committed some uncharacteristic errors. The Wolverines got it to a 19-19 tie, but then ran off a 6-0 run and the second set went to North putting them ahead 2 sets to none headed to the third.
With a couple of winnable sets gone, the Forge continued to battle but the interest level certainly took a hit. The Eagles just could not keep up with the Wolverines on this night. The highlight of the final set was the play of Elyssia Smith who did her part at the net and came up with a kill and two blocks late. The Eagles could not maintain any momentum late in sets and it cost them the top spot in the Commonwealth District. This one was at the refurbished barn on Garrsionville Road, but the rematch will be at Forge on October 22nd and all of Eagle Nation is looking forward to that one.
The Eagle road swing continues on Monday night as they travel to Battlefield High School to serve it up against the Bobcats. The streak is over but the “good gals” can now focus on starting a new one and learning to finish the winnable sets that were not attainable on Thursday.
CROWD SAVIOR: A great crowd atmosphere saved the day in this one and a feisty GREEN WALL did their part. The atmosphere at most gyms in this area for volleyball is pretty bad. The two student sections were the savior to this game experience and it had to make it easy for the players to play in this kind of atmosphere. During timeouts, the students went toe to toe with chants. During one time out, they traded barbs about their football teams. The Green Wall let the North students know they were watching the 44-7 thumping Massaponax put on North last week with a loud “MASS-A-PONAX” chant. The North students responded with an “OSCAR-SMITH” chant to remind Eagle Nation of the own age that the Chesapeake school has built on the Forge. The GREEN WALL won the battle though with a simple “AT LEAST WE MADE IT” chant that ended the battle with a mic drop!