11 November 2014
The Flying Fluco volleyball team faced off with John Handley High School from Winchester on Nov. 6 for the Virginia High School League (VSHL) Conference 23 championship. Playing on their home court, before an enthusiastic crowd of mostly fellow students, the Flucos dominated.
The Flucos won the first game easily by a 25-13 margin. They faltered in the second game, allowing Handley to come from behind for a 25-22 win. However, Coach Christina Harlowe-Garrett’s squad buckled down and won the next two games by scores of 25-12 and 25-19 to win the match and the trophy.
There were a number of long impressive rallies in this match, but in the final analysis the Flucos were the superior team at the net. Kill shots are what normally decide a volleyball match and the Flucos were too strong in this aspect of the game for the Handley Judges.
In the first game of this match the Flucos relied on kills and service aces to jump to an early 8-2 lead, forcing the Handley coach to call an early timeout. The timeout was ineffective, as senior Maddy Kline blasted home two kill shots when play resumed to give the Flucos an insurmountable 10-2 early lead. The Flucos built their lead to 17-6 and Handley called another timeout. Again, the timeout was followed by two quick kill shots by Kline. The Flucos were outscored by the Judges 7-6 the rest of the way, but senior Kylee Dixon served the winning point for the Flucos for a comfortable eight point win
In game two, the Flucos led in mid-game by 12-8 and 15-11, with Kline and senior Leslie Walters unleashing vicious kill shots along the way. However, Handley rallied to tie at 16-16. The game was also tied at 20-20. Handley won several long rallies, and won the game 25-22.