Falcons’ momentum key in win

By Josh Michael — sports@nvdaily.com

WOODSTOCK — Stonewall Jackson held a six point lead twice in the first set, but a force of Central momentum burst through and the Generals could not stop it as the Falcons won in straight sets Tuesday Night.

Central (1-3) came back to win the first set 25-23 and cruised to a 25-14 win in second set and 25-15 win in the third set to secure the 3-0 victory over Stonewall Jackson (0-2).

Momentum was the word of the night for the Falcons and one little timeout seemed to change Central’s fortunes for the rest of the night. Trailing 10-4 in the first set, Central head coach Christy Barb called a timeout to regroup her troops. It seemed to do just that as the Falcons reeled off seven straight points to take an 11-10 lead, including three aces from senior Rebecca Truban.

The two teams would go back and forth in the first set that saw Generals senior Allison Singleton contribute six kills, but with Stonewall Jackson leading 21-18, Falcons senior Tiffany Riggs began to lead her team back. Riggs contributed two of her match high 20 kills to tie the set at 21-21. After the teams exchanged points, Caelyn Moylan served up two aces to put the Falcons on the brink of a set win and Central would pull out the first set victory 25-23.

“Winning the first set gave us the motivation to come back for set two,” said Barb when asked about coming back in the first set.

Riggs was also asked about the first set, “Coming back in the first set showed us that we can come back, we have potential and we had to tap into it.”

Stonewall Jackson Head Coach Jamie Armentrout contributed the tough set one loss to one thing, “serving absolutely killed us in the first set, we had five service errors, and in a close set, without those service errors, it’s not a close set.”

The second set again started with a big Stonewall Jackson run as the Generals went up 4-0 before losing the serve. Both teams went back and forth once again, and with the Falcons clinging to a 8-7 lead, momentum once again shifted completely to Central’s side as they reeled off ten straight points to blow the set open with a 18-7 lead. The ten point stretch included a nice diving save by Riggs, as well as two aces from Kyla Strother. Central would cruise the rest of the set for a 25-14 win.

In what would turn out to be the final set of the match, the third set started out just as the other two, very competitive with both teams going back and forth on the scoreboard, but Central again used long point streak to pull away, this time going on a five point streak to take a 13-6 lead. Stonewall Jackson made a run and pulled within four at 13-9, but Mary Wakeman served up three straight aces in a four point streak for the Falcons to pull away once again and eventually secure a 25-15 set win to clinch the match victory.

It was the Falcons first win of the season and Riggs was excited for what it could bring for the rest of the season.

“We have to stay pumped and loud, we got this, we know we can do it and we cannot get down on ourselves,” Riggs said.