Nation Ford and Fort Mill volleyball teams met for the first time this season and seem to be going in different directions.
The Lady Falcons improved to 11-6 on the year, while Fort Mill dropped to 6-8 on the year.
Fort Mill was swept 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-8) by Nation Ford and then by Rock Hill, 25-20, 25-16, 25-18 last week. The Lady Jackets have dropped eight straight sets since the Nation Ford Invitational nearly two weeks ago.
“I don’t know where our heads are,” said Fort Mill head coach Gina Farley, after the loss to Nation Ford. “We weren’t able to set up our hitters. They were the better team.”
Fort Mill jumped to a 4-2 start in the first set against Nation Ford, but the Lady Falcons rallied to tie the set at 7-7. After a back and forth serve and volley, Nation Ford scored three straight points to go up 15-12 and strong play at the net allowed the Lady Falcons to go up 18-13 before pulling away for the win.
In the second set, Nation Ford carried the momentum, going 4-2 to start. Fort Mill’s back line struggled to pass the ball and the Lady Falcons lead soon went to 10-5.
Fort Mill rebounded to make it 15-10, but Nation Ford stayed strong to close out the match 25-17.
In the third set, it was all Nation Ford from the opening serve. They went up 12-1 to start and closed the set out with a 25-8 win. Jessica Kemp had seven kills, six blocks and three aces for Nation Ford and Madison Garner had four kills, five digs and three aces.
“Serving aggressive helped us,” said Nation Ford head coach Carrie Christian. “This past week was a confidence booster for us.”
Nation Ford swept York later in the week 25-15, 25-21, 25-17. Quin Sutphin had 13 kills and two blocks against York and Clarissa Bates had 34 assist, six digs and four kills.
Nation Ford will face Northwestern at home and Clover on the road this week, while Fort Mill host York and travels to Gaffney.