After dropping the first set, the Fort Mill volleyball team rallied to win their fourth straight match.
Fort Mill beat the South Pointe Stallions 3-1 (19-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-19) and are now 4-2 overall on the season.
South Pointe came out of the opening serve strong and quickly went up 15-9 in the first set. While Fort Mill improved as the set wore on, they never were able to complete a comeback as South Pointe went up 23-19.
Fort Mill head coach Kelly Jones said it was just getting adjusted that hurt them in the opening set.
“We were playing girls in different spots,” she said.
South Pointe again started well, but once things began coming together for the Jackets, they were able to rally them down 10-5 forcing a time out by the Stallions.
Coming out of the time out, Fort Mill continued to hold serve and moved ahead 15-10 and then outscored South Pointe 10-6 in the final 16 points.
South Pointe played Fort Mill closer in the final two sets, but the Jackets’ play at the net and kills allowed them to move ahead from a 10-10 tie in the third set. Fort Mill went up 18-13 to force a time out from the Stallions and then closed the set out to take the 2-1 lead.
The final set again saw a back and forth battle in the early going, but after being tied at 9-9, Fort Mill scored six of the next eight points to go up 16-11. From there they cruised to a set win clinching the match.
Fort Mill has a long week ahead for the second straight week with three matches. They play at home against Gaffney Sept. 22 and then host Nation Ford Sept. 24.
“There is a lot of high emotions after playing them (Nation Ford) to start the season,” Jones said. “We are looking forward to it.”
Mac Banks: firstname.lastname@example.org, @fortprep