Hawks throttle Falcons
By Jim Laise - firstname.lastname@example.org
FRONT ROYAL -- Skyline High School got strong offensive performances from Sarah Beamer, Jenny Norman and Katara Edwards Tuesday night to throttle visiting Fauquier 3-2 at the Hawks gymnasium in a non-district volleyball match.
Beamer continued her attack against foes with 12 kills, Jenny Norman recorded seven of the same and Edwards added two aces and six kills against the Falcons (3-3). The hosts improved their record to 3-1. They were coming off their first loss of the season last week against Clarke County, a team they had defeated earlier in the season.
"We definitely had the momentum at the beginning of the match, but then we went into a lull," Skyline coach Lesley Detweiler said "But we picked it back up at the end.
"We had an off-night against Clarke County, so we worked on just keeping our minds in the game and keeping our focus on that."
"My starting center didn't come to practice Friday or yesterday," said Fauquier coach Diane Story. "So we used a new lineup tonight. I thought they played well. I'm proud of them."
Beamer scored six of her kills in the fourth set of the match. Norman picked up four kills in the fourth set and Edwards ripped off three kills in the second set.
The production from the three Hawks was enough to rebuff the effort of the Falcons' Justina Augustine. The senior scored 18 kills and two aces.
"Justina is an all-around good athlete," Story said. "She already has a Division I scholarship in softball (Longwood). She's a three-year letter winner for us, and is one of the leaders on the team."
Skyline won 25-21, 14-25, 25-23, 23-25 and 15-11.
The Hawks trailed the first set by a 17-13 score. From there they scored five straight points to go ahead 18-17.
Again trailing 20-19, Detweiler's team tallied four points in a row to take a 24-21 lead they would not relinquish.
In the second set, Fauquier saw an 18-8 lead hold up. At one point, the visitors scored six straight points.
Skyline trailed 14-5 and 17-12 in the third set only to score seven unanswered points to go ahead 20-13.
The game was tied at 23-all when Fauquier scored on two unforced Skyline errors.
Skyline trailed 14-9 in the fourth set, but battled to 18-18 and 23-23 ties before the Hawks closed out the victory.
Beamer scored three kills and Courtney Kidd added three kills in the deciding fifth set.