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Volleyball Sets Program Records with Wins over Brookstone and Central-Talbotton

MACON, Ga. – The FPD varsity volleyball team (23-17, 6-2 Area-2) set two program records on Tuesday night, Sept. 29, en route to a 2-0 (25-21/25-18) shutout victory over the Brookstone Lady Cougars before knocking off the Central-Talbotton Lady Hawks 2-0 (25-5/24-4) at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center in Area-2 action.

Those two records are: the most program wins since volleyball became an official varsity sport in 2012 and the first time the Lady Vikings have defeated Brookstone. FPD’s previous win mark was set at 21 last season.

“I’m just really proud of the girls for their work this season,” Futo said. “They are always trying to get better and to set a program record for wins is really special. Hopefully this is something they can remember for their entire lives.”

In the match against Brookstone, FPD trailed in both sets, twice by at least six points, but rallied behind the superb serving of Amelia Squires, Abigail Pierce and Mackenzie Johnson. All three combined for 12 aces on the night.

“We were just able to find some holes and exploit some of their weaknesses,” Johnson said. “It definitely feels good to beat a team like Brookstone because they won region last year and we’ve come close the past few years.”

Squires agrees.

“A lot of our other rivals have beaten Brookstone and Central, so it’s good that we beat them too,” Squires said.

Added Futo: “We’ve still got a lot of volleyball to play with some big matches ahead. The Area Tournament is coming up, so we’ll need to be sharp for that.”

FPD will now shift its attention to its final home match of the regular season on Thursday, Oct. 1, welcoming Upson-Lee at 5 p.m. and Mary Persons at 7 p.m.

The program will honor its lone senior on the squad, Abigail Pierce, on Senior Night.

All matches are set to take place in the Middlebrooks Athletic Center on Thursday.

The First Presbyterian Day School Department of Athletics strives to build the student athlete both in the playing arena and the classroom while upholding the school’s mission statement to educate and equip students to change the world for God’s glory. For more information, visit www.fpdvikings.com and sign up for up-to-the-minute news and scores by following the Vikings on Twitter at @FPDVikingSports and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FPDathletics.

POST-GAME VIDEOS:
Soph. Amelia Squires and Jr. Mackenzie Johnson

Head Coach Sarah Futo

BOX SCORES:

FPD 2, BROOKSTONE 0
Sets: FPD 25-18, 25-21.

FPD 2, CENTRAL-TALBOTTON 0
Sets: 25-5, 25-4.

Stats:
Kills: FPD – Lader 9, Farr 1, Johnson 2, Beach 2, Ruble 1.
Aces: FPD – Pierce 9, Farr 4, Ruble 2, Johnson 2, Squires 1.
Blocks: FPD – Farr 1.

Record: FPD 23-17, 6-2 Area-2.

Next: Upson-Lee/Mary Persons at FPD, 5/7 p.m., Thursday.