Hawks fall short to Eagles

FRONT ROYAL — Skyline has started its season off strong, and was in position to pull out another win on Thursday night.

The Hawks came up short in a five-set loss to Clarke County, 3-2 (19-25, 25-20, 20-25, 25-18, 15-10) in non-district volleyball action.

“We just need to be more consistent,” Skyline coach Erika Berry said. “We need to stay mentally tougher throughout the whole match.”

The fifth set went back and forth with the two teams trading leads. Skyline’s Katelyn Bolt had two kills early in the set to help give the Hawks a 6-5 edge.

Skyline was able to extend the lead to 8-6, but Clarke County responded with three points to retake the lead. A kill by Clarke County’s Allegra Eyles and a block by Nikea Whitemore evened the set at 10-10.

The Eagles scored the last five points, including two blocks by Eyles and a kill by Javonna Lansdown.

“I told the girls I was proud of them,” Clarke County coach Seneca Sowers said. “They were very mentally tough. In the fifth set they just really wanted it and they gave their all.”

Skyline, coming off a win on Tuesday night, came out strong and took the first set with a balanced attack at the net.

The Eagles (1-1) jumped out to a quick lead in the second set and held off a Skyline rally to even the match. The Hawks jumped out early in the third set as a kill and a block by Bolt gave Skyline a 7-2 lead.

Clarke County was able to cut the lead to 16-13, but two kills and a block by Tori Jo Brown helped the Hawks finish the set off with a flurry.

The Eagles used a 10-2 run to cruise to victory in the fourth set.

Skyline (1-1) had a balanced offense throughout the match.

“We have front row hitters. We have back row hitters,” Berry said. “It’s nice. We just need to work on being more consistent.”

The Eagles were led by Lansdown with 17 kills and nine service aces Jade Feltner had 26 assists and Eyles had nine kills, three blocks and 10 digs for Clarke County.

Skyline was led by Bolt with nine kills, and Brown with five kills and five blocks. Whitemore had five blocks and four kills and Victoria Reinhardt had six kills for the Hawks.

“I feel good about this team. Everybody gets along well,” Berry said. “They work well together.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com