Jags down Rams, 3-0
By Laieke Abebe
The Daily Reflector
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
Greene Central held a lead in all three sets, but some big scoring runs from Farmville Central proved to be the difference as the Jaguars beat the Rams 3-0 (28-26, 25-19 and 25-20) in each squads season opener on Monday evening. It was a battle of first year head coaches with Emily Nelson leading the Rams and Alyssa Pitt leading the Jaguars.
In the end, it was Pitt and the defending 2-A Eastern Plains Conference tournament champions that picked up the win in a matchup that was closer than the score indicated.
“I felt relieved to be honest,” Pitt said about her first win as Farmville Central’s head volleyball coach. “We were disciplined and even though we trailed in all three sets, we stayed focused and battled hard. I think we have a chance to be really good again this year and hopefully a win like this can set the tone for us.”
Greene Central jumped out to an early lead in set one, grabbing a 16-12 lead before the Jaguars battled back to force a tie. The momentum continued to change, as the Rams later took a 21-19 lead, and even had a set point, but once again FC stayed strong, scoring the final three points to take a one set lead.
Similar to the opening set, the Rams started the strong by going up 6-0. They even had an 11-6 lead at one point, but FC refused to give in. The Jaguars were able to answer with a run of their own, an 8-3 run tied that the score at 14. From there Farmville Central would score 11 of the next 16 points to go up two sets to none.
The Rams held a 15-11 lead in the final set, but the theme of their season opener continued. Farmville Central scored six points in a row to take the lead and did not trail for the remainder of the match.
Greene Central went 4-15 last season, but there was a lot for them to be encouraged about. Coach Nelson saw things that can help her Rams team win matches in 2019.
“We struggled to close all three sets,” Nelson said. “However, this was only our first game of the season and I’m really encouraged. I thought we played good volleyball today, but I know we can be better.”