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Published: Sep 04, 2007 11:36 AM
Modified: Sep 04, 2007 12:21 PM
Green Hope rolls to 3-game victory
By Tim Candon, Sports Editor
APEX — Twice, Green Hope’s Sarah Forgacs stepped up to serve with the match against Middle Creek close.
Twice, her serve blew open the game in the Falcons’ favor.
Forgacs had runs of 8-0 and 7-0 to open up the second and third games and help the Falcons to a three-game sweep (25-15, 25-9, 25-11) over the Mustangs Thursday.
“She was very inconsistent earlier,” said Green Hope coach George Tsai. “She realized that and she’s been working on it. Now look at her. She didn’t miss a serve.”
Green Hope won all three games convincingly to remain unbeaten (5-0). The Falcons were dominant mostly because their backline covered most of Middle Creek’s hits, and setter Brandi Kearns allowed hitters Lindsey O’Connell, Brittney Flood and Lauren Sammis to pepper all parts of the Mustangs’ side of the court.
“We have a really strong defensive line in the back,” Forgacs said. “We get it to Brandi, the strong setter that she is, she can place it pretty much anywhere, and we have hitters that can hit it anywhere effectively.”
As strong as Green Hope was offensively, Middle Creek was inconsistent. Because the Falcons were hitting so easily and so often, the Mustangs were constantly reacting and defending, never having a chance to hit themselves.
“We need to do things a lot better,” said Middle Creek coach Rosemarie Piccirillo. “We have really, really good moments, and moments where we’re just out of sync and can’t seem to get back.”
Green Hope opened the first game on a 7-1 run and never looked back. The lead stood at 12-3 when O’Connell stepped up to serve. O’Connell had three aces and Flood had two blocks that led to an 18-3 Green Hope lead. Green Hope went on to win the first game 25-15.
Middle Creek started strong in the second game. After falling behind 4-1, the Mustangs surged to a 6-4 lead. Emily Booker had two blocks and Kayla Schuller served an ace on the 5-0 run.
The game remained close, 12-10, until Forgacs’ turn to serve. The Falcons scored nine straight points (kills from Jennifer Hindman and Sammis and a Forgacs ace among them) and led 20-10.
Green Hope quickly regained the serve, and Hindman gave the Falcons a 24-12 lead.
Middle Creek got three points back before a Mustangs unforced error gave the game to the Falcons, 25-15.
In the third game, Green Hope jumped out to a 4-0 lead. Middle Creek inched back into the game and cut the Falcon lead to 10-9. But Forgacs came up to serve and again buried the Mustangs.
Forgacs served seven straight points to put the Falcons up 18-9.
They regained the serve up 20-11, and Kearns served the final five points (three of which were aces) of the match to give the Falcons the third and decisive game, 25-11.
“They really came at us tonight,” Piccirillo said. “They are an exceptional team. You can learn a lot from them.”
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