2018-09-07 / Sports

Falcons sweep Hammond

By Tim Gochnaur


Ben Lippen’s Tori Pack and Kristy Carnes try to block Hammond’s Ashli Neal. 
Photo by Perry McLeod Ben Lippen’s Tori Pack and Kristy Carnes try to block Hammond’s Ashli Neal. Photo by Perry McLeod The Ben Lippen Falcons girls’ volleyball team flew into the Hammond Skyhawk nest to do a little net warfare with their red-and-blue clad SCISA rivals Tuesday, September 4. The Falcons found their Skyhawk hosts only too hospitable, sweeping the match in three sets (25-19, 25-19, 25-16).

In the first set, Hammond had two three-point runs from service from Ashli Neal and another three-point run from Cleo Ogburu. Ben Lippen got a four-point run from service from Ainsley Martin and a three- spot from Kristy Carnes. Martin’s four-point spurt for the Falcons gave the visitors a 20-15 lead.

When Neal lost service on her second run, Hammond was down 21- 18. Carnes had her run for the Falcons, then lost serve at 24-19. A kill shot from the Falcons’ Isabel Stanley won the set.

In the second set, Martin had an early five-point run from service that brought the Falcons from down 2-3 to up 7-4, and then she added a late four-point run that gave the Falcons a 20-13 margin. Hammond went 6-5 down the stretch, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Ben Lippen in another 25-19 loss.


Hammond’s Cleo Ogburu goes for a kill against Ben Lippen. 
Photo by Perry McLeod Hammond’s Cleo Ogburu goes for a kill against Ben Lippen. Photo by Perry McLeod In the clinching set, the Falcons’ Carnes got four points from the service line to open up a 6-1 lead, and the Falcons never looked back in cruising to the 25-16 win and the match sweep.

“I think the long weekend showed,” Ben Lippen head coach Kerri Carnes said after the contest. “We did not practice yesterday on Labor Day, and I think the layoff showed with some mental mistakes. But what I am seeing is when one girl may be down another one steps in, and they are really learning to help each other. They keep fighting and pushing when things are not going well.”


Ben Lippen’s Isabel Stanley goes for a kill against Hammond. 
Photo by Perry McLeod Ben Lippen’s Isabel Stanley goes for a kill against Hammond. Photo by Perry McLeod Hammond, now 3-3 overall and 1-1 in SCISA Region II-3A, plays at Cardinal Newman this Thursday, September 6. Ben Lippen (5-0, 1-0) will be at Heathwood Hall.

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