The Lady Wolves won the match in straight games, 25-20, 26-24 and 25-17. In the first game, Fayetteville’s Sydney Murphey started the game with an ace serve and the Lady Wolves never looked back.
The Lady Warriors tied the game at 2-2, but the Lady Wolves fought back and built a lead to 11-6 before ASD started coming back.
The Lady Warriors tied the game at 12-12 with the serve of Kellie Menzies. ASD took the lead 13-12 and then swapped the lead multiple times before Fayetteville took control with the serves of Maesa Thacker and Alex Caldwell.
ASD (4-4) took the early advantage in the second game and held the lead for most of the game.
The Lady Warriors scored the first four points of the game from the serve of Whitney Walker.
Fayetteville battled back and was able to close the gap with strong serves from Kristina Gooden. Two ace serves from Gooden helped the Lady Wolves close to within one, 9-10.
ASD took control once again, scoring four straight points from the serve of Menzies.
Despite stellar play, the Lady Warriors couldn’t put the Lady Wolves away late in the game.
Fayetteville rallied despite being down 22-24. Thacker served the final three points to give the Lady Wolves the win, 26-24.
The Lady Wolves regrouped in the third game, but ASD didn’t give in easily. ASD climbed back from a 13-5 disadvantage to cut Fayetteville’s lead down to five due in large part to Deandria Clayton’s serve. The Lady Warriors were unable to get any closer than five points, ultimately giving Fayetteville the victory, 25-17.
ASD head coach Joan Dean said she was pleased with the play of her team.
“Tonight they came together as a team,” Dean said.
“I’m sorry we lost, but I’m so impressed with them. They are getting better and better and tonight just proved that they’re connecting with each other; they’re bonding.
“I see a lot of wins on down the road.”
Fayetteville head coach Anita Simpson said the Lady Wolves didn’t play their best match on Thursday.
“We still have not brought our best game yet,” Simpson said. “I’m looking for it. ASD, they played well.”
ASD hosts Winterboro Tuesday while Fayetteville travels to Munford Monday.