By Stephen Boyle - email@example.com
FRONT ROYAL -- Skyline volleyball coach Lesley Detweiler said her team didn't look as good Thursday against Central as it did Tuesday against Fauquier, but the Hawks still picked up the win at home by defeating Central in straight sets, 3-0 (25-11, 27-25, 25-18) to improve to 4-1 on the season.
"Yes it was a win," Detweiler said. "It wasn't a pretty win, that's for sure."
The pace of the match was much slower than Tuesday's five-set thriller against Fauquier, and Detweiler believes that caused her girls to struggle with focus.
The Hawks had no problems with focus in the first set. After jumping out to an early 6-4 lead, junior Lauren Moore served seven straight points for Skyline, including three aces. The Hawks had seven total aces in the first set and won easily, 25-11.
"The first set was definitely tough," said Central coach Allison Hoover, whose Falcons are now 0-6 this season. "I think we played more confident after that."
In the second set, Hoover's team bounced back well by showing what the coach called "courage" and resilience" to nearly steal a set on the road. With Skyline leading 10-7, sophomore Tiffany Riggs served three straight points to even things up. Katelyn Foltz picked up one of her three kills during this series and helped the Falcons stay close. Rebecca Truban also scored three kills for Central.
The Falcons' defense also helped keep them in the second set. Libero Mary Wakeman had 19 digs, Truban posted nine digs and Riggs recorded three blocks. Riggs also led the team with nine kills.
"She definitely played well," Hoover said of Riggs. "She's adapting to the new varsity speed because she came up from JV last year."
Central led the second set 23-21, but ended up losing the set 27-25. A big kill by senior Sarah Beamer tied things at 24 and Skyline would go on to roll from there. Beamer led all Hawks with nine kills.
Skyline seemed to regain focus in the third set. Riggs had a block for the Falcons to give them the lead 5-4, but it was Central's only lead of the third set. Juniors Jenny Norman and Courtney Kidd both posted their fifth kills of the match in the third set.
Senior Katara Edwards also played a crucial role in the clinching set. Her only two kills of the match came late in the third set. Sophomore Carrie Robinson finished things off for the Hawks with her fourth kill, clinching the set 25-18 and allowing Skyline to sweep the match.