Lady Jackets volleyball team on a tear

mbanks@comporium.netSeptember 15, 2013 

Fort Mill’s Payton Carter returns the ball during the Lady Jackets match against York.

MAC BANKS - SPECIAL TO THE FORT MILL TIMES — Mac Banks - Special to the Fort Mill Times

— The Fort Mill High School Lady Yellow Jackets have not yielded a single set in getting out to a 3-0 start, including shutouts of two Region III-AAAA opponents.

The Fort Mill Lady Jackets volleyball players got off to the start they wanted and are now 3-0 on the season, including an 11th place finish in the Hillcrest Invitational.

Fort Mill opened the season against Forestview winning 3-0 and followed by 3-0 wins against Region III-AAAA opponents Clover and York.

In non-tournament matches, the Lady Jackets have yet to drop a set this year.

“When they have been challenged, they have played well,” said head coach Gina Farley. “I’m proud of the girls. I feel we are playing where we should be. They played straight throughout. Our main goal is to keep that level of play going.”

Fort Mill had no trouble with York, winning 25-14, 25-10, 25-10. The Lady Jackets seemed to gain strength as the match went on. They were led by senior Liza Walker, who had 10 kills and five aces, and senior Gabby Seymore, who had eight digs and five aces. Senior Danielle Gibson had six aces, and junior Jessica Newman had 17 assists.

“Gabby played great, giving us lots of opportunities to attack the ball,” Farley said. “The girls have really been working hard. It is nice to see them come through with two solid wins this week.”

In the first set against York, both teams opened up at 3-3, but Fort Mill quickly started pulling away to go up 11-5 and forcing York into a time out. The breather didn’t help as Fort Mill stepped on the gas and pulled out to a 14-8 lead.

York rallied to close the score to 15-12, but Fort Mill regrouped and again pulled away to make it 20-14 before closing it out with five straight points.

In the second set, Fort Mill started 6-0 and went up 17-5 before getting the 25-10 win.

In the third set, the Lady Jackets had another quick start that boosted them up to an 8-2 advantage. From there, they went up 15-6, forcing another York timeout, only to come back and close the set with another 25-10 win.

Earlier in the week, the Lady Jackets also beat Clover handily, winning 25-15, 25-17, 25-11. They are now 2-0 in the region.

Fort Mill started its week off with a tournament in Hillcrest and finished 11th of 32 squads. Walker was named to the All-Tournament team.

The Lady Jackets will be on the road next against Rock Hill, before coming home against Lancaster. On Saturday, they also will be in the Nation Ford Invitational at Nation Ford High.

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