Falcons looking to build off of win over Generals

Central's Maria Marston goes up high over Stonewall's Mari Knauff during volleyball action Monday night in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

Central only played one match this week, but the Falcons victory over Stonewall Jackson on Monday may be just what they need to turn their season around.

The Falcons beat the Generals 3-1 (25-14, 25-9, 19-25, 25-11) for their first win of the season.

“Overall we did a good job,” Central coach Alyssa Bane said after the match. “My hitters were on fire (Monday). I think this is the best hitting I’ve seen from them in a long time. They started doing some different things once they got comfortable, started doing tips. They were having fun and that’s all that matters. Just going out and having fun and having a good time going into each game.”

The Falcons (1-8) had a very balanced attack in the victory. Central’s Anna Smith had four kills and Caitlin Hottle had 11 kills and three blocks. Bailey Gale had 10 digs and four service aces, and Darden Lear had seven kills, one block and two service aces. Haleigh Myrtle had 12 assists, and Maria Marston had four kills, three blocks, five digs and three service aces. Rachel Irvin had three kills, two blocks, 20 assists and two service aces. Tycara Scott had four kills and two blocks, and Layla Baker had four digs and five service aces.

The Falcons dominated the first two sets and took early control in the third set. The Generals erased a 7-2 deficit in the third set and eventually took a 15-14 lead. The score was tied at 18-18, and the Generals won seven of the next eight points to win the set.

Central's Maria Marston hits over Stonewall's Israel Blank during volleyball action Monday night. Rich Cooley/Daily

Central built a quick 10-2 lead in the fourth set and held on to finish off the match.

The Falcons open up Bull Run District play on Sept. 26 as they host George Mason. Bane said the win over Stonewall Jackson should give them some momentum heading into the district season.

“Obviously, it’s going to be tough no matter who we play,” Bane said. “I just know that we’re looking forward to it. I know some of the district teams have lost some of their players (to graduation). And I’ve said this before we’re a better team than we were last year and it shows skill wise. And so hopefully that will help us in the long run.”

Stonewall Jackson (0-10, 0-7 Shenandoah)

Despite the loss to Central, Stonewall Jackson coach Lindsey Dinges was happy with how her team battled in the third set.

Stonewall's Kylene Franklin concentrates on making ball contact during their match Monday night against Central in Woodstock. Rich Cooley/Daily

“That was definitely the high point of the night — they turned it around,” Dinges said. “Normally they would have just given up and they didn’t. They kept going.”

The Generals were by Israel Blank with seven service points, one service ace, three kills and 16 digs, and Alondra Ortega with four kills. Autumn Smith added three kills, and two assists, and Courtney Dellinger had two kills, five digs and eight assists.

Stonewall Jackson lost on Thursday to Buffalo Gap, 3-0 (25-11, 25-8, 25-8).

The Generals are back in action next week at Wilson Memorial on Sept. 28.

Strasburg (5-4)

Central's Haleigh Myrtle concentrates on a hit during a volleyball match last season against Stonewall. Rich Cooley/Daily file

The Rams had an up and down week. Strasburg started the week off with a loss to Warren County, 3-0 (25-10, 25-12, 25-11).

Just two days later they bounced back with a 3-2 victory over Skyline. The Rams lost in five sets to Skyline earlier in the season.

Strasburg hosts Moorefield, West Virginia on Sept. 25 and then hosts Rappahannock County on Sept. 26 to start the Bull Run District season.

Warren County (6-4, 0-4 Northwestern)

The Wildcats had another impressive week. After sweeping Strasburg on Tuesday, they defeated Clarke County, 3-1, on Thursday.

Stonewall coach Lindsey Dinges speaks to her team after a timeout during their match against Central Monday night. Rich Cooley/Daily

Both Strasburg and Clarke County used to be district opponents, but Warren County is now in the Northwestern District.

The Wildcats return to Northwestern District action this week. They start the week off with a showdown against cross-town rival Skyline on Sept. 25 at Warren County.

Last season Warren County won both meetings between the two teams.

Skyline (6-4, 1-3 Northwestern)

The Hawks lost a pair of matches this week.

Central volleyball coach Alyssa Bane and Caitlin Hottle greet each other after a rotation during a match last season. The Falcons are hoping a stronger bond and better communication lead to more wins in 2018. Rich Cooley/Daily file

Skyline was swept by James Wood (25-13, 25-15, 27-25) on Tuesday. The Hawks then lost a non-district contest to Strasburg on Thursday.

The Hawks will try to get back on track on Sept. 25 at Warren County.

On Sept. 26, the Hawks host Sherando in a Northwestern District match and finish their week at Culpeper on Sept. 28.

Sherando (4-4, 3-3 Northwestern)

The Warriors start the week off strong by sweeping Liberty.

However, Sherando fell to Frederick County rival James Wood, 3-0 (25-16, 25-12, 25-19), on Thursday.

Sherando plays at Skyline on Sept. 26 and then hosts Kettle Run on Sept. 28.

Central's Maria Marston puts on the brakes as she yields to teammate Haleigh Myrtle after the pair go for a ball between them during volleyball action Monday night against Stonewall. Rich Cooley/Daily