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Poor serving to blame for FCHS volleyball loss

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Posted: Thursday, September 22, 2011 1:36 pm

The Lady Falcons lost to No. 4 ranked regional competitors Madisonville-North Hopkins while serving up some home court action, Sept. 15.

Fort Campbell lost in two sets (13-25, 12-25). The loss came just two nights after the ladies’ second win of the season, which ended a 12-game losing streak. The Lady Falcons halted Hopkins County Central High in two sets (25-20, 25-21).

“I don’t know if [the win] got to their heads or something,” said Head Coach Kendra Chappell. “But they’re still fighting. To that last point, they were still fighting.”

In the Sept. 15 loss, Madisonville-North edged past Fort Campbell’s sluggish offense. While the Lady Falcons scored first, the teams quickly tied up the game. Madisonville-North went on to stall the Lady Falcons’ advance at four points. The Lady Falcons didn’t answer back with another point until Madisonville gained an easy lead, 12-5.

Fort Campbell managed to close the gap, 14-8, before Madisonville pulled away once again in the final stretch to maintain at least a seven point advantage throughout the rest of the set.

While Fort Campbell typically performs better in the second set, it wasn’t enough to stop Madisonville’s victory. The Lady Falcons fought for the lead early, advancing 4-3. However, Madisonville’s offense overpowered Fort Campbell in the 25-12 win.

Chappell is proud of the effort the girls are putting forth, but said the team needs to focus on their serving especially if they want to remain competitive throughout the rest of the season.

“The girls they’ve made so many improvements,” she said. “…They missed five serves in a row tonight. That is a game killer. They were playing with them, and then we missed a serve, and then another serve, and then another serve. We’re going to be doing a lot of running and a lot of serving at practice.”

Kayleigh Faulkner, a Lady Falcons senior and one of the team’s strongest leaders, agreed with Chappell’s assessment of the game.

“I think we could have played a lot better than we did,” Faulkner explained. “We didn’t play as a team. We pointed fingers a lot, and that’s not how we should play.”

It’s not just perfecting basic skills, such as serving, that will help the Lady Falcons. It’s also better communication that will bring the team more wins, Faulkner said.

“I was expecting a lot closer game, because we’re a good team,” she said. “We just didn’t play how we should.”

Despite the loss, Chappell considers the Lady Falcons to be on the right track. The Sept. 13 win shows the volleyball team has potential, especially since many of the girls are young and inexperienced at the sport.

“It felt good, because we needed it, and the girls really needed to remember how to win,” Chappell said of the victory. “So, they finally did have fun, and they played hard the whole game. They felt good after it. So, I’m just very proud of them for this week. They had a successful week.”

“It went good,” Faulkner agreed. “We were very excited that we got a win. And we played good, we played as a team. We just played how we should play – how we should play every game.”

The Lady Falcons play Christian County on-the-road tonight at 7.

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