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Volleyball Nets Wins Over Greenville and Stratford

MACON, Ga. –  FPD volleyball head coach Sarah Futo knew the energy would be high.

So did FPD junior Abigail Pierce. After all, it was FPD’s second official varsity competition against cross-town rival Stratford Academy since both school’s have been a member of the GHSA. It also marked the first meeting between both teams in the history of FPD volleyball.

But the Lady Vikings (11-16) channeled that energy into two wins on Tuesday night, defeating the Greenville Lady Patriots 2-0 (25-16/25-4) before sliding past cross-town rival Stratford 2-0 (25-18/26-24) in dramatic fashion.

“These were big wins for us tonight,” Futo said. “The crowd was great, the student section was into it and we were able to control the possessions from the start of each match until the very end. We finished plays when we had to.”

Pierce says the latter of the two wins against Stratford was, “intense.”

“They (Stratford) are a really good team,” Pierce said. “We came out tonight with the energy high and came together as a team to win the match.”

The Lady Vikings took game one against the Eaglettes 25-18 before holding on in game two 26-24, the final point coming off a kill by Pierce to send the bench into a celebratory frenzy.

Pierce finished the match against Stratford with two kills, eight total on the night, to lead the Lady Vikings to victories, the first time FPD has strung together back-to-back wins in one day.

“(I’m) just really proud to be a part of this team,” Pierce said. “It was hard to control the excitement of playing two big matches. Channeling it into our kills and digs really brought us through tonight.”

Winning against a local rival is nice, but Futo has her sights set higher for the 2014 squad.

“Winning a big match like this is a big confidence booster for us,” Futo said. “When Stratford came back tonight, we were able to keep our calm and focus. That was something we talked about in pre-game. Hopefully we can draw on this past experience moving forward.”

Pierce says the squad needs more matches like the one against Stratford heading into the final weeks of the season.

“One person can’t win the game,” Pierce said. “We have to channel things the right way. This gives us some momentum, but we also have some tough matches ahead.”

FPD returns to the court quickly, hosting Yeshiva and Lamar County on Thursday, Sept. 18 beginning at 5 p.m. in The Middlebrooks Athletic Center.

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 visiting www.twitter.com/FPDVikingSports.

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BOX SCORES:

FPD 2, GREENVILLE 0
Game one: FPD 25-16.
Game two: FPD 25-4.

Aces: FPD – Mackenzie Johnson 6, Bailey Ruble 2, Mikayla Mobley 2.
Kills: FPD – Abigail Pierce 6, Kate Patterson 2.

FPD 2, STRATFORD 0
Game one: FPD 25-18.
Game two: FPD 26-24

Aces: FPD – Bailey Ruble 3, Kate Patterson 2.
Kills: FPD – Mackenzie Johnson 2, Abigail Pierce 2, Patterson 1.
Digs: FPD – Patterson 2.

Record: FPD 11-16.
Next: Yeshiva/Lamar County at FPD, 5 p.m., Thursday.