On Tuesday, October 30, the Forney Lady Rabbit and North Forney Lady Falcon varsity volleyball teams saw their respective 2018 seasons come to an end in the Bi District Playoff Round.
For the record, the Joshua Lady Owls, the 3rd place playoff team out of District 14-5A, defeated the Forney Lady Rabbits in four sets by a count of 25-17, 25-23, 17-25, and 25-20. Then, the Corsicana Lady Tigers, the 4th place playoff team out of District 14-5A, defeated the North Forney Lady Falcons in straight sets by a count of 25-16, 25-16, and 25-20.
The Forney Lady Rabbit and North Forney Lady Falcon varsity volleyball teams finished their 2018 seasons with overall records of 26-10 and 30-12 respectively.
Midway through the opening set of the Lady Rabbit vs. Joshua match, the Lady Owls were able to build a small lead. From there, the Lady Owls were able to hold off Forney and win the first set by a count of 25-17.
The 2nd set was much closer and more competitive. In fact, Forney led for most of the 2nd set. At one point, the Lady Rabbits’ lead grew to as much as six points at 18-12. However, Joshua responded by finishing the 2nd set on a 13-5 run. This late rally helped the Lady Owls win the second set by a count of 25-23. In that 2nd set for Forney, Emily Alvarez and Carly Cox played well as they combined for some big kills. But, on the flip side, Joshua’s Reese Rumfield pounded down several kills to help her team win the second set.
Then, with their backs to the wall, Forney played their best brand of volleyball in the 3rd set. The Lady Rabbits, for all practical purposes, dominated the 3rd set of this match At one point in the 3rd set, Forney built their lead to 16-5. From there, they cruised home. They would eventually capture the 3rd set by a count of 25-17. Individually, Brooke Johnson, a sophomore middle blocker for Forney, played very well in that 3rd set as evidenced by the fact that she registered several kills and blocks at the net. Also, Forney’s senior setter Hannah Yudizky put together a rather long serving run in the early stages of the 3rd set that helped Forney take control.
In the 4th set, the action was very fast and furious. In fact, every point scored was vital. At one point in the 4th set, the score was tied on four different occasions. However, in the end, Joshua took command behind the strong play of Reese Rumfield again as she was responsible for several kills down the stretch. Also, for Joshua, their setter Kaitlyn Stone played a solid match as she produced several assists.
In the first set of the Lady Falcons’ match vs. Corsicana, North Forney jumped out to an early 9-5 lead. But, then Corsicana fought back. The Lady Tigers went on a 6-2 run which tied the score in the 1st set at 11-all. From there, Corsicana began to take control as they finished the 1st set on a 14-5 scoring spurt which helped them win it by a count of 25-16. Corsicana’s Mariah Lee was a key offensive weapon in that first set for the Lady Tigers as she registered a handful of kills.
In the 2nd set, Corsicana raced out to a 15-6 lead mainly behind the strong play of Claire “Kiki” Blanton who produced several kills. From there, Corsicana was able to take the 2nd set once again by a count 25-16.
In the 3rd set, North Forney battled hard. After falling behind 13-9, the Lady Falcons responded with an 8-1 run which ultimately gave them a 17-14 lead. During this time, the Lady Falcons’ Jayden Thompson was playing well as she pounded down several kills. But, in the end, Corsicana had the final say as they finished the set on a 11-3 run to capture it by a count of 25-20. For Corsicana, in that 3rd set, the trio of Mariah Lee, Abby Harlan, and Claire “Kiki” Banton carried the offensive load as they combined to produce a large of number of kills.
Overall, the 2018 volleyball seasons for the Forney Lady Rabbits and the North Forney Lady Falcons were good ones. In fact, the North Lady Falcons won the outright District 13-5A Title which helped them qualify to the playoffs for only the 3rd time in program history. So, that will always be a special memory and accomplishment that they can take from this season.
Their hard work paid off. For the Forney Lady Rabbits, they were a young team. But, they found a way to get back to the playoffs. The future looks bright for both teams.