Sharing the same colors during “Volley for the Cure” night, the Saint Stephens volleyball team persevered over Fred T. Foard to share the season series between the two schools.
The Lady Indians (16-3, 9-1), who suffered a five-set defeat against the Tigers at home on Sept. 20, avenged the loss with a 3-1 victory over Foard on Thursday, 25-17, 28-26, 22-25, 25-18.
“We knew we could do it,” said Lady Indians coach Denise Mullins. “We saw the momentum shift at times and it kind of made us nervous at times. We knew we had the strength and desire to do it. The momentum stayed with us.”
The loss drops Foard to 15-6 overall and 8-3 conference play, ending the team’s chance at a NWC title this season, but they are still alive for a playoff berth.
“They wanted it more than we did,” said Foard coach Alison Yount. “They
played really well and we didn’t play as well.”
The Lady Indians took a 1-0 lead in the match, but had to fight in the second game to remain ahead.
Despite two chances late in the game to put the set away, Foard was unable to capitalize, allowing the Lady Indians to win the long set, 28-26.
“We love those moments,” Mullins said. “They make us nervous and put age on us. Those are the ones you want to win though because you fight for every single point.”
Yount said the set proved to be costly in the match.
“It was a huge moment,” Yount said. “For them to come ahead right there, it was a huge turning point.”
Despite trailing in the third game, adjustments made by Yount allowed the Tigers to win nine of the last 10 points and pull off a third-set victory, but St. Stephens allowed no more.
The Lady Indians distanced themselves through the early to middle stages of set four, eventually pulling out the 25-18 victory and NWC win over Foard.
Hannah Cogswell and Jenna Boliek led the way for the Lady Indians with 10 kills. Nicole Hardy added nine kills.
Defensively, Taylor Cummins dug up 20 kills, while Ashley Markland dug up 17 kills.
For the Lady Tigers, Morgan Smith delivered 11 kills, Kaitlin Sigmon dug up 25 kill attempts and Rebecca Scott assisted on 25 kills.
Mullins said her team is excited about the postseason.
“This solidified that we will get to play some of the playoffs at home,” she said. “We were looking to have to go to Enka before. So we’re very excited about that opportunity.”