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1 week ago by Jim Hill - The Voice of the Eagles

FORGE VOLLEYBALL: EAGLES PUT RIVERBEND IN A "SLUMBER"; 3-0

The Colonial Forge Eagles Volleyball team had not played a home game since November 10 of last year when they fell to First Colonial in the State Semi-Finals. To say Eagles fans and especially the GREEN WALL was ready for this one would be an understatement. The students were so giddy for the game; they could not decide what to wear so many just got ready for bed and headed out the door on their way to the Forge in their pajamas.

The outfits might have been the intimidating factor the Bears from Riverbend will not want to see in quite a while. The Forge took down the Bears in straight sets, putting their visitors to sleep 25-14, 25-17 and 25-17. It was the Eagles 2nd District triumph in a couple of tries, and they are now 7-3 overall.

In the first set, the Eagles came out controlling much of the action but the Bears were especially aggressive at the net. The “good gals” found difficulty in executing clean kills early as Riverbend was there to block on numerous occasions. The visitors went on a mini run off some strong play from Mallory Burns and tied the set up at 10-10. The Eagles would respond with an ace from Paityn Walker and a kill from Sydney Clarke before Freshman Lucia Herold served the next six points for her team to put the Forge ahead 19-11. The robe and slippers crowd could sense their team had control of the set after that going on a 6-3 to close it out and giving  the Eagles the one set advantage.

The second set brought some more effort out of the home team as the Eagles were flying around chasing points with strong intensity to jump out early. They were diving all over the floor to make returns as if the ball had money in it. The Bears tried to stay close early but had some of their serves go into the net and Bailey Ostvig buried a few of her kills on the night to give the Eagles a 14-8 lead. The Forge kept the pressure on and built the lead to 20-12 late and in no time, the two teams were headed to the third with the home team enjoying a two set lead and a nap.

The final set was a mere formality as the GREEN WALL got louder and were dancing with visions of victory in their head. Three aces by the Eagles in the set and some more strong aggression on return shots kept any visions the Bears had about making a comeback at an arm’s length. Late in the set the Forge held a 17-12 advantage, but when Lucia Herold came on to serve, the home team went on a run that extended the lead to 22-13. The scoreboard was the writing on the wall and the GREEN WALL started to serenade the Bears (“Start the Buses”) wishing them a safe and smooth ride back to Spotsylvania County.

The long road trip to start the year is over, the results have been positive and the Eagles still have some big dates to come. They will face Fauquier in the Albemarle Volleyball Invitational at Western Albemarle High School on Saturday.

PARTY POOPER: The Eagles were missing a key piece of their puzzle to start the match in the person of their head coach Courtney Hempe. Assistant Coach Deidre Walker roamed the sidelines for two thirds of the match until Hempe appeared at the end of the bench to start the third set. She was wearing a Moncure Elementary polo, the school where she teaches third grade. In a release from the team, the coach had Parent/Teacher conference night on Thursday.  No further details were provided but I ask you….who would schedule a conference on Pajama Night @ Forge?


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