After struggling in the Dorman Tournament of Champions, the Nation Ford Lady Falcons volleyball team bounced back last week to pick up two Region III-AAAA wins.
Nation Ford beat both Northwestern and Clover to get the region wins after going 2-5 in the Dorman tournament, beating both Rock Hill and Aiken
The Lady Falcons’ record is 15-11 on the season with the wins.
Nation Ford swept Clover, winning 3-0 (25-11, 25-10, 25-20). Junior Clarissa Bates led the Lady Falcons with 26 assists, seven digs and two aces. Junior Madison Garner had six kills and five digs and sophomore Chanel Turner had five kills and an ace in the win.
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In the match against Northwestern, the Lady Falcons had to go to five sets to win 3-2 (23-25, 23-25, 26-24, 25-15, 15-12).
Bates led with 47 assist and 11 digs in the match and Turner had 10 kills. Senior Lauren Burgess had 21 digs and two aces and senior Bayles Mack had 11 digs and five aces.
Nation Ford started off well in the first set going up 4-2, but Northwestern quickly rallied to go up 9-7 before a Lady Falcons time out.
Northwestern held command of things going up 16-12, but Nation Ford stayed close at 20-18 after taking a second time out. The Lady Falcons then tied things up at 23, but the Lady Trojans closed the set with two straight points.
Nation Ford played better in the second set and took a 17-14 lead, but couldn’t hold off a Northwestern rally to tie things at 17. From there, the Lady Trojans pulled away again to win the second set by the same score as the first.
“We were more tentative in the first two games,” said Nation Ford head coach Carrie Christian. “They are a good scrappy team. We were just more aggressive in the final three games.”
In the third set, Nation Ford started off strong, but again allowed a Northwestern rally to tie things at 13-13. However, the Lady Falcons’ defense started clicking and they held off a late rally by Northwestern down 20-19 to get the win 26-24.
The fourth set was all Nation Ford as they started strong at 11-8 and pulled away at 20-13, getting the 25-15 win.
Northwestern fought hard in the final set, keeping things close, but Nation Ford had the momentum into get the fifth set winner 15-12.
Nation Ford will be on the road all this week at Rock Hill and Gaffney before playing in a tournament Saturday at Charlotte Latin.