After starting the season 2-2 at the Best of the Best tournament at Davidson College, the Fort Mill Lady Yellow Jackets volleyball team bounced back to beat the Forestview Lady Jaguars in their home opener to go to 3-3 on the season.
Fort Mill breezed past Forestview, winning 3-0 (25-8, 25-13, 25-12). Junior Tessa Grubbs led the offense with 11 kills and nine solo blocks. Senior Jessie Newman put up 29 assists.
“We were able to control the game and run an aggressive offense,” said Fort Mill head coach Gina Farley.
“Defensively, we covered pretty well and put up some strong blocks. Tessa had a great match with nine solo blocks. We are preparing to compete in a tough region, and these matches give us a chance to work on specific areas.
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“It is still too early to tell how we stack up in the region. We are still improving, and that is what you want at the start of the season. My girls are showing that they are willing to work for it.”
Later in the week, the Lady Yellow Jackets ran into a buzzsaw during a 3-0 loss to Charlotte Country Day (25-6, 25-13, 25-16). Country Day is coming off a North Carolina state championship in volleyball and has yet to drop a set this season, improving to 11-0 with the win against Fort Mill.
Junior Payton Carter led the Lady Yellow Jackets with seven kills.
Country Day started the first set by going up 10-2 before a Fort Mill timeout, then came out of that break to rattle off six straight points to go up 16-2. Country Day was strong at the net, taking advantage of a struggling back line for the Lady Yellow Jackets.
In the second set, Country Day went up 8-2 before another Fort Mill timeout. Fort Mill played better out of that breather but still trailed 11-5. The Lady Jackets struggled to pass the ball during that game, while Country Day again was strong at the net.
In the third set, the Lady Jackets kept things close, as Country Day went up 8-7, but the private Charlotte school slowly started pulling away to go up 12-8.
After another timeout by Fort Mill, Country Day pulled away to make it 21-13 before closing out the game.
“This is the toughest team we will see all year,” Farley said. “This is getting us ready to play in the region.”
Region play for Fort Mill starts this week with games against Northwestern at home and Clover on the road before playing in the Nation Ford Invitational this weekend.