Lady Falcons 2nd, Jackets 5th in Nation Ford Invitational

mbanks@comporium.netSeptember 23, 2013 

Fort Mill's Tessa Grubbs and Jessie Newman go up against Carrie

Fort Mill's Tessa Grubbs and Jessie Newman go up against Carrie Lee Lancaster of York Saturday at the Nation Ford Invitational.

STEPHANIE MARKS MARTELL — Stephanie Marks Martell - special to the Fort Mill Times

— The Nation Ford Falcons volleyball team fell just short of winning the 12-team Nation Ford Invitational that the school hosted last weekend.

The Lady Falcons lost 2-1 (20-25, 25-23, 8-15) in the finals to Lexington. Nation Ford went 5-1 in the tournament, including 3-0 record in pool play before beating Byrnes and Northwestern to reach the finals.

“We just made too many errors,” Nation Ford coach Carrie Christian said.

Christian said she was proud of how her squad played throughout the tournament.

“We made a lot of improvements coming back and beating Northwestern,” Christian said.

Earlier in the week, Nation Ford lost to the Trojans 3-2 (26-28, 24-26, 25-23, 25-23, 11-15).

In the tournament semifinals, Nation Ford was able to grab a straight-set (25-23, 25-9) win in the best of three sets format.

The Falcons’ Abby Wyman and Jessica Kemp were named to the All-Tournament team.

Nation Ford beat Lexington in two games to open pool play, the defeated Byrnes and Hickory Grove.

The Lady Falcons will face York and Clover this week in a return to Region III-AAAA play.

Fort Mill finished fifth in the tournament after going 2-2. Yellow Jackets finished second in pool play with a loss to Covenant Day and wins against Westwood and York. That put them in the gold bracket with a chance to advance to the finals, but they fell 2-1 to Northwestern.

“Some of it’s maturity on the part of the girls,” said Fort Mill coach Gina Farley. “Some of the girls are playing on varsity for the first time. We are missing some consistency.”

Farley said the team is still trying to find and maintain its rhythm.

“Some of that comes with inexperience with the younger girls,” she said. “We are improving as we go along.”

The Jackets’ Gabby Seymore made the All-Tournament team.

Earlier in the week, Fort Mill beat Lancaster 3-0 (25-16, 25-13, 25-18).

Fort Mill faces Northwestern and South Pointe this week.

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