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Lady Redbirds drop home opener to Mount Vernon
8/31/2012 1:27 PM
Thursday's West Frankfort Lady Redbirds home opener against Mount Vernon was very similar to the match against Du Quoin earlier in the week.

The Lady 'Birds fought hard till the very end of one set before their opponent escaped, while in the other set, things fell apart quickly.

Only this time, the sets were reversed as the Lady Rams eked out a 25-21 win the first set and dominated the second set, 25-17 at Max Morris Gymnasium.

Thursday's West Frankfort Lady Redbirds home opener against Mount Vernon was very similar to the match against Du Quoin earlier in the week.

The Lady 'Birds fought hard till the very end of one set before their opponent escaped, while in the other set, things fell apart quickly.

Only this time, the sets were reversed as the Lady Rams eked out a 25-21 win the first set and dominated the second set, 25-17 at Max Morris Gymnasium.

"Our serve receive was the problem tonight," FCHS head coach Tim Murphy said. "You can't beat anyone 21-48 serve receive for 44 percent and nothing can happen unless you pass the ball to the setter."

The first set was a back-and-forth affair as both teams had small leads before the other tied or snatched it away. The Lady Redbirds got things started with an ace from sophomore Kiarha Wilce and a spike from junior Melanie Stoner for a 2-0 lead.

After an ace from senior Callie Wyant and a net violation, FCHS held a small 10-7 lead. The Lady Rams would come back to tie it, but a nice spike by Wilce gave the Lady 'Birds the lead back once again.

However, it was at this point where Mount Vernon's serves started to hit their spots and the Lady Rams used a handful of jump serves to get some quick aces and take the first set.

The second set started off like the first half, but back-to-back aces helped Mount Vernon build up a 15-6 lead. FCHS tried to claw its way back into the match with a late surge thanks to two aces from Wyant, but the lead was too large to overcome and the Lady Rams emerged victorious.

"We are a young team with two freshmen and two sophomores so we're trying to get some experience," Murphy said. "We are getting better. Becca (Cunningham) had five kills tonight and Kiarha did a great job serving. We just have to move on and get ready for the next game."

FCHS heads to Pinckneyville next Thursday and then to Benton for the Benton Invitational on Saturday.


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