By Dennis Atwood - email@example.com
WOODSTOCK -- Sarah Beamer scored nine kills and served five aces to lead the Skyline Hawks to a 3-1 (25-19, 22-25, 25-23, 25-13) non-district volleyball win over the Central Falcons on Monday night.
Beamer, a senior outside hitter/setter, gets a lot of verticality in her jump serve and scored both soft spot kills and spikes among her kills as the Hawks improved to 2-0 on the young season.
Beamer scored the first set winner on a spot kill (her third of the match) and scored two kills in the decisive fourth-set win.
"I've been working on [my serve] a lot," Beamer said. "Our first [set] was our strongest and after that we just kind of scooped down to their level. We were just in the net too much, and our serves were out.
"During a time-out, [coach Lesley Detweiler] told us all to just talk and get our serves straight. I need to work on getting more hits, not just pushing the ball over, or three[-touches] getting the ball over."
The Falcons (0-2) won the second set for their first set victory of the season, after being swept by Warren County, 3-0, on Thursday.
Freshman outside hitter/setter Nicole Baker played a big part in Central's set victory, serving three aces and holding serve for eight points during a 9-0 Central run, enabling the Falcons to move from a 20-13 deficit to a 22-20 lead.
"I was excited [during the run], but I knew it was all a team effort," Baker said. "We built ourselves up to win that [set]. As a team tonight, we definitely showed that we came back with a positive attitude and I think we can do that later on in the season."
Sophomore middle Caelyn Moylan clinched the set win by serving aces for the Falcons' 24th and 25th points, and tallied four for the match.
Moylan and Rebecca Truban each scored three kills for the Falcons, with Katelyn Foltz contributing five assists.
Senior outside hitter Katara Edwards employed a powerful hitting stroke to notch seven kills, five of them in the bounce-back third set, including her seventh as the set winner, for the Hawks.
"I look for the angles on my kills," Edwards said. "That's always my turning point. I love to hit the ball straight down, making that point, especially that winning point. I make sure I get my approach in and go for the strong hit."
Junior setter Lauren Moore placed a spot kill, her fifth on the night, as the match-winner for Skyline.
"In the tight third, we had just lost a [set], so I really wanted to keep the momentum and finish the 25 points, just make sure we were communicating," Detweiler said. "A big key this year is that communications piece, and making sure we get after every ball. We don't want any hitting the ground."
"We were serving well and we were definitely able to take momentum and use it to our advantage, but when we weren't serving well, like in the last set, we got into trouble and we had a lot of over-passes tonight," Falcons head coach Allison Hoover said. "And we got called for a lot of carries, and that definitely shifts the momentum."