Now at 18-7 on the season, the Fort Mill volleyball team has seen some ups and downs in Region play recently.
After dominating Charlotte County Day in a non-region match winning 3-0 (25-10, 25-20, 25-14), Fort Mill fell to Rock Hill in a Region IV contest 3-2 (18-25, 25-27, 25-15, 25-23, 12-15) dropping them to 1-2 in region play.
In an effort to get her team ready for the region, Fort Mill head coach Gina Farley scheduled the Jackets in several tournaments such as the Nation Ford Invitational and the River Bluff tournament to play against tough competition.
“We try to play teams that can challenge us,” Farley said.
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In the match with Country Day, Fort Mill never really struggled. The Jackets opened the first set at 9-3 and cruised from there. They pushed their lead to 18-8 before a time out from Country Day and then went on an 8-2 run to close out the set.
In the second set, Fort Mill again got off to a good start at 4-2, but Country Day rallied to take the lead. The Jackets came back to tie the set at 9-9 and started pulling away to take a 12-10 lead. That lead grew to 20-14 before Country Day again took a time out to regroup. Fort Mill went on to win the set 25-20.
The third set saw Country Day play better and match Fort Mill point for point to start. Fort Mill went on a 6-0 run and take a 12-6 lead before a Country Day time out. The Jackets came out of the time out even stronger and went up 20-10 on the way to taking the set.
Against Country Day, Fort Mill was led by Claire Cicciarello and Mackenzie McNabb, both with eight kills. Brynn Bonner had nine digs and Brooke Farley had 26 assists and six aces.
Farley said she is confident in her team’s abilities and if they play like they should, can hang with anyone.
“At our best, we are as tough a team as any in the region,” she said.
The road will only get harder for Fort Mill as they face Northwestern, which they fell to in its first region match, and Nation Ford next week.
Mac Banks: firstname.lastname@example.org; @MacBanksFM