Volleyball Knocks Off Mitchell County and Mt. de Sales at Home

MACON, Ga. – FPD head volleyball coach Sarah Futo knew what was at stake going into Tuesday’s home matches against Mitchell County and Mount de Sales: a top seed in the upcoming Region Tournament.

Fortunately, the Lady Vikings (16-17) responded in a big way and guaranteed they’ll have at least the second seed after knocking off the Lady Cavaliers of de Sales 2-1 after taking a 2-0 victory over the Lady Eagles of Mitchell County at the Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

“We came out strong,” Futo said. “We jumped ahead with a big lead and that allowed for some breathing room for the little mistakes that happen throughout a match.”

FPD took its first set of the evening against de Sales 28-26 before dropping the second set 25-18.

“We didn’t play at our level in the second game and you can’t do that against a really good team like de Sales,” Futo said. “But the girls made a point to forget about that quickly.”

The Lady Vikings did that by taking the third set 25-19 and the match.

Senior Alisha Napier played a significant part in the wins for the Lady Vikings, finishing with two aces on the night while providing important leadership on the court.

“We came out knowing they would be a tough team,” Napier said. “We fought hard in the first set to win by two points then lost in the second set. But, we kept fighting in the third set. We didn’t let many balls hit the ground and pulled off the victory.”

Futo says the team emphasized its play at the net coming into Tuesday’s match against the Lady Cavaliers and Lady Eagles.

“We tried to seal off the outside,” Futo said. “Our girls did a great job with that and limited both teams from attacking the outside.”

Futo and Napier both agree that Tuesday’s match swings the momentum of the 2014 season into FPD’s favor.

“We’ve played some really good teams this year,” Napier said. “Getting wins like this over de Sales and earlier this season against Stratford keeps us motivated moving forward.”

Added Futo: “It sets a precedent,” Futo said. “We keep naming ourselves as a top team but we back it up with our play. We don’t have to wonder. Our girls know that they can play with other top teams and compete.”

Junior Abigail Pierce finished the night with nine aces and Mikaya Mobley dropped in six dimes. Pierce also finished with four kills.

FPD returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 1, traveling to Mary Persons High School in Forsyth for a match at 6:30 p.m.

The Lady Vikings then return home for their final regular season matches on Tuesday, Oct. 7 against West Laurens and Upson Lee before the region tournament at FPD in mid-October.

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Sets: FPD 25-7, 25-8.

Aces: FPD – Abigail Piece 6, Mikayla Mobley 3, Kate Patterson 2, Mackenzie Johnson 2, Bailey Ruble 2.
Kills: FPD – Johnson 2, 5 other – 1.

Sets: FPD 28-26, MDS 25-18, FPD 25-19.

Aces: FPD – Kate Patterson 3, Abigail Pierce 3, Mikayla Mobley 3, Bailey Ruble 2, Abigail Pierce 2, Alisha Napier 2.
Kills: FPD – Pierce 4, Tesch Jerles 4, Patterson 4.
Digs: FPD – Morgan Mullis 3, Mackenzie Johnson 2, Alisha Napier 1.
Blocks: FPD – Patterson 2.

Records: FPD 16-17; Mt. de Sales 18-8.

Next: FPD at Mary Persons, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday; Tift County at Mt. de Sales, 4:30 p.m., Monday.