By Tommy Keeler Jr.
WOODSTOCK -- One thing Central's volleyball team has shown this season is it will fight every team to the end no matter what the score is.
The Falcons showed more of that grit on Tuesday night, but still came up short against George Mason, 3-0 (25-10, 24-26, 25-19), in Bull Run District action.
"I was very proud of the way the team battled back tonight," Central setter Katelyn Foltz said. "We didn't give up, and we stuck with it."
After George Mason dominated the first game, the Falcons came out strong in the second game. The two teams went back and forth until Central built a five-point lead.
A block by Tiffany Riggs, and three kills by Rebecca Truban help give the Falcons a 15-10 lead.
"We were making good passes, and the sets were really good," Truban said of her kills. "It was really the whole team helping me to get the kills."
George Mason (5-1, 4-1 Bull Run) responded, and eventually tied the game at 22-22. An ace by George Mason's Caiti Hof gave the Mustangs the lead, but Central battled back with a kill by Jamison Cook.
The two teams traded points again, and a kill by Sally Karstens pushed the Mustangs in front 25-24. A Central error sealed the game for the Mustangs.
"In the second game we just really came together as a team," Foltz said. "We really started talking and got the momentum."
The third game looked like it might be like the first one as the Mustangs raced out to a 17-6 lead. The Falcons stormed back to make a game of it.
Riggs had a kill and a block and Caroline and Rebecca Truban each had a kill during an 11-4 run by the Falcons. The two teams played a really long point, which ended with a block by Central's Caelyn Moylan to cut the lead to 22-19.
The Mustangs responded with the final three points to secure the victory.
"The girls could have lost that last game 25-0, but they battled back," Central coach Christy Barb said. "I was very happy with they fought tonight."
George Mason sophomore Vicky-Marie Addo-Ashong had seven kills and two blocks. Freshman Kate Karstens had four kills, and Sally Karstens had three kills and a block for George Mason.
The Mustangs start a sophomore and two freshmen, and coach Erik Healey said that's part of the reason they sometimes have lapses in matches.
"It's understandable that we will go through some growing pains," Healey said. "We just need to keep getting better every day. Once they figure out how good of a team they can be, I think we'll be even better.
"We have really good senior leadership. We have two all-district players returning, and they've done a good job of showing the younger players what they need to do."
The Falcons (1-5, 0-4 Bull Run) were led by Truban with six kills and four service aces. Riggs had three kills and two blocks, and Cook had three kills.
Despite the loss Central had plenty of reasons to be confident about the rest of the season.
"I think we definitely have a lot of potential," Foltz said. "We just have a few things we need to work on. Once we iron out a few wrinkles, I think we'll be able to show our potential. I'm excited for us to show that."
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