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Volleyball Scores Two Wins Against Upson-Lee and Mary Persons on Senior Night

MACON, Ga. – Less than a year ago, senior volleyball star Abigail Pierce didn’t know if she would be able to step foot on a volleyball court again after suffering an unfortunate ACL injury in the offseason.

But with hard work, extensive rehab and determination to compete during her final campaign as a Lady Viking, Pierce’s regular season culminated perfectly on Senior Night as the FPD varsity volleyball team (25-17) picked up two shutout wins over the Upson-Lee Lady Knights 2-0 (25-19/25-19) followed by a 2-0 (25-17/25-10) victory over the Mary Persons Bulldogs on Thursday, Oct. 1.

Pierce’s stat line for the night?

Seven kills and five aces, one of those aces a game-winner in a set against Upson-Lee.

“Volleyball has been one of the biggest parts of my life and I’m so thankful for all my coaches and teammates throughout my career,” Pierce said. “I did not think that I would be where I am right now in terms of being able to play. God helped heal me miraculously fast and the rehab and surgery went great.”

It was easy to see, too, that Pierce’s teammates wanted the wins for her on Senior Night.

Everyone chipped in where possible.

Mackenzie Johnson totaled five aces, Morgan Mullis tallied 10 digs, Bailey Ruble finished with 10 assists and three blocks and Lundy Lader added three kills, two digs and one block on the night.

Lader said seeing Pierce play her final regular season match is bittersweet.

“She’s an excellent player and an outstanding Christian role model,” Lader said. “She’s always someone that I or anyone on the team can talk to and look up to. She always has a good attitude.”

After Thursday’s two victories, FPD has now won four straight and will gear up for the Area Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 10. Times, opponents and location will be announced in the coming week on www.fpdvikings.com.

Head coach Sarah Futo, though, is pleased with the way her team competed Thursday night.

“I was really proud of the girls on how hard they hustled to the ball on maybe some plays we normally don’t make,” Futo said. “We were able to get a lot of good passes and had a lot of options at the net. It was a lot of fun and we played good, clean volleyball tonight.”

Added Futo on Pierce: “Her leadership is outstanding. She really helps the younger girls on their skills. She has a lot of game knowledge and awareness on the court that we will miss next year. She’s really helped the program go to new heights.”

Perhaps one of those new heights could be hoisting the programs first Area Championship Trophy in the coming days.

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:

Senior Abigail Pierce

Sophomore Lundy Lader

Head Coach Sarah Futo

BOX SCORES:

FPD 2, UPSON-LEE 0
Sets: 25-19, 25-19.
Kills: FPD – Johnson 4, Pierce 3, Ruble 2, Beach 2, Farr 2, Squires 1, Lader 1.
Aces: FPD – Farr 4, Johnson 3, Ruble 2, Pierce 2.
Digs: FPD – Mullis 5, Seneker 4, Farr 2, Powell 1, Johnson 1, Ruble 1, Beach 1, Lader 1, Pierce 1.
Blocks: FPD – Beach 1, Squires 1.

FPD 2, MARY PERSONS 0
Sets: 25-17, 25-10
Kills: FPD – Beach 4, Pierce 4, Ruble 3, Lader 2, Mullis 1, Johnson 1, Farr 1, Squires 1.
Aces: FPD – Johnson 3, Pierce 2, Squires 2, Ruble 1.
Digs: FPD – Mullis 5, Johnson 5, Ruble 2, Lader 1.
Blocks: FPD – Ruble 3, Beach 1, Lader 1, Squires 1.
Assists: FPD – Ruble 10, Johnson 3.

Record: FPD 25-17

Next: FPD at Area Tournament, TBD, Saturday.