“It was a good win for us with it being one of our area opponents,” Fayetteville head coach Anita Simpson said.
“I saw lots of hustle from the girls and great team work. They talked to each other. It was a little bit louder than the first game.”
The Lady Wolves won the first game easily 25-16, although the last two games were much closer but the outcomes were the same. They won game two 25-23 and game three 28-26.
“They all did a great job,” Simpson said. “Shelby Wales stepped up; she played a position she doesn’t normally play. Jasmine Huntley was great all night. Catherine Nelson played the court well. We had some good hits from Mackenzie Pennington. We had great serving from Catherine Nelson tonight and Sydney Murphy. It was a great win for us and puts us one step closer to being able to host the area tournament at our place.”
In Fayetteville’s second set win, Murphy shifted the momentum with her team trailing 20-18 by five straight aces to take the lead 23-20 before eventually winning 25-23.
Alabama School for the Deaf fell to Fayetteville in the first game of the night and fell to Winterboro in the second game. Despite picking up a win against ASD, Winterboro head coach Sheroderick Smith was disappointed in his team’s showing against Fayetteville.
“It’s a huge disappointment in the way we played tonight even in the first game,” he said.
“We’ve got to work for all the success that we want. We can’t turn on each other and point fingers. Fayetteville came up here, got three straight wins against Winterboro and they’re going to the house, so much respect to them.”
He felt his team was plagued by mental errors.
“Fayetteville played extremely well; the mistakes we made, they didn’t make,” Smith said. “They wanted it more. Their team was into it. My hat is off to coach Simpson. They’re a pretty good team. Maybe last year was a fluke. A lot of mistakes we made tonight were mental, but how do you prepare to get mentally tough? Your preparation has to be there. My seniors have to take their team and really want to go forward. You can’t coach mental mistakes. The only way you can coach mental mistakes is to start building in your youth. Right now, I feel like it’s not the time and it’s unnecessary to do because we have earned some things. We’ve just got to go back to the drawing board, play more volleyball games and try to get mentally tougher through our season.”
ASD fell in three set to Fayetteville by scores of 25-19, 25-13, and 25-18.
Nelson led the Lady Wolves in serves, while Pennington led the team in kills and Maesa Thacker was the team leader in aces.
ASD was able to win one set in their match against Winterboro. In the first game, ASD jumped out to a 4-1 lead but Winterboro received six straight aces from Chanel Phillips to give the team a 13-7 lead. The team went on to win 25-16. Winterboro dominated the second game. Tiffany Vincent has two powerful aces to give the team a 14-8 lead and she finished the game with two aces for a 25-15 win. ASD won the third set 30-28.
“I give credit to Kymyana Showers,” head coach Becky Ripley said. “She got us back into the game to win it. She was the girl that caught us back up and we took the lead to win that set. Our girls got their energy into it. We can’t give up playing, but I’m still very proud of them today.”
Winterboro went on to win the third set 25-16.
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