FORT MILL — Despite losing to rivals Nation Ford to end the regular season, the Fort Mill Lady Jackets volleyball team still made the playoffs with an at-large bid.
Fort Mill fell in five sets 3-2 to rivals Nation Ford. After winning the second and fourth sets, Fort Mill took a 5-1 lead in the fifth set as Nation Ford called a timeout. Nation Ford head coach Carrie Christian asked her squad one simple question.
“I asked them if they were done,” she said. “It fired them up. They got mad. I’m really proud of the kids. They didn’t give up. ”
After the time out, Nation Ford had momentum on its side and rallied to tie the game at 8-8 and then went up 13-9 before closing out a 15-10 win.
Nation Ford was led by Amy Snyder, who had a double-double with 53 assist and 16 digs. Also getting a double-double for the Lady Falcons was Lexi Mitchell with 12 kills and 13 digs. Abby Wyman and Jessica Kemp each had 18 kills. Briley Prince had four aces and 26 digs.
Lady Jackets’ head coach Gina Farley said despite a solid effort, things just got away from them in the fifth set.
“I’m very proud of them,” she said. “They played hard through all five sets.”
Fort Mill was led by Payton Carter with 15 kills and 20 digs, Liza Walker with 10 kills and 15 digs and Teresa Grubbs with eight kills and nine blocks.
With the loss, Fort Mill still qualified for one of two at-large spots and will travel to TL Hanna to open the playoffs. Nation Ford, which finished second in Region III-AAAA behind Rock Hill, will host a home match against Gaffney.
Nation Ford opened the match winning the first set 25-20. Both teams started pretty evenly, but the Lady Falcons pulled ahead 7-4. Fort Mill rallied to tie it at 7-7 and went up 14-11, before Nation Ford came back to tie it at 15-15.
The Lady Falcons started to pull away and went up 21-17 before getting the win.
Fort Mill rallied in the second game for a 25-23 win. Again each team started out even with the other and the Lady Jackets went up 10-4 forcing a Nation Ford timeout.
Nation Ford came back and again rallied to tie things at 19-19 going on an 8-3 run before a Fort Mill timeout. Fort Mill took another timeout trailing 23-22, before coming out of the second time out and scoring three straight for the win.
The third set Nation Ford bounced back for a 25-20 win. The Lady Falcons started going up 7-3 and despite Fort Mill staying close, the Lady Jackets couldn’t even the score.
The fourth set saw Fort Mill tie sets up at 2-2. The Lady Jackets jumped out to a 9-4 start, but Nation Ford rallied to tie things at 9-9. Fort Mill then went on a streak and went ahead 17-12 and stay ahead for the 25-18 win.