Clarke County tops Central in five sets

By Tommy Keeler Jr.

WOODSTOCK — Central came out fired up for its “Dig Pink Night” against Clarke County, but after rolling to the first two sets everything changed.

The Eagles soared back for a 3-2 (8-25, 17-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-8) win over the Falcons in Bull Run District volleyball action Tuesday night.

“We had the momentum in the first two sets,” Central coach Christy Barb said. “We came out ready to go and played on fire. Then in the third set we got behind. We lost the momentum and we never regained it.”

The Eagles came out strong to start the fifth set. Kills by Sarah Nelson, Kaitlin Turner and Javonna Lansdown gave the Eagles a 7-3 edge.

The Falcons came back, as three Clarke County errors cut the lead to 7-6. The Eagles used one last surge to put the match away.

A tip by Turner sealed the win, which gives the Eagles two five-set victories over the Falcons this season.

Central couldn’t have asked for a better start. The Falcons scored 15 of the first 17 points, including three aces by Jamison Cook.

Central’s Caelyn Moylan ended the set with back-to-back kills. Moylan started the second set with three more kills. She finished with six kills in the set.

The fourth set went back and forth until the Eagles used an 6-1 run to build a 23-18 advantage.

A kill and a block by Central’s Tiffany Riggs cut the lead to 24-21, but Nelson finished the set off with a kill.

The Eagles took an early six-point lead in the fourth set, but the Falcons responded. Six service aces by Rebecca Truban helped push the Falcons back in front, 14-12.

Clarke County came back and pulled away for good. Two kills by Turner and one by Hannah Ravenscroft helped give the Eagles a 20-16 lead. Lansdown finished the set off with a kill.

The Falcons finished with 21 aces in the match.

“I was very happy with our service game,” Barb said. “It was very nice, very consistent.”

Lansdown led the Eagles with 16 kills.

Central was led by Moylan with 15 kills and one block.

Barb said three things let her team down in the last three sets.

“We weren’t as aggressive, our passing and we were quiet,” Barb said. “If we do those three things it wouldn’t have went five.

“We need to understand that even though we have five sets to play, we need to do it in three.”

Contact Assistant Sports Editor Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com