The West Henderson High School Falcon Volleyball team beat the A.C. Reynolds Rockets in a 3-0 match at home Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6 p.m. for senior night, known by volleyball players as one of the most crucial games of the season.
The Falcons went into the game ranked third in the Western Mountain 3A Conference, being 18-6 on the season and 12-2 in the conference. The Rockets were ranked second in the conference with a record of 17-1 on the season and 13-1 in the conference.
The Falcons were on a five-game winning streak, in which they won all games in three sets. Their last loss was on Sept. 25, against the number one ranked team in the conference, T.C. Roberson, in a five-set game.
This was not the first time West Henderson and A.C. Reynolds had played each other this season. They battled it out on the court previously on Sept. 12, where the Falcons lost in four close sets. Senior Kinsley Morgan and junior Dajia Jackson each had 16 kills, and one of the biggest standouts from that match was junior Malia Moore, who had 48 assists.
All seniors started at the beginning of the game so they could play together one last time as a team, and the players said they were excited to see if the team could start to reclaim their throne as conference champions.
“The thing about this senior class is when we all first started playing club volleyball, we pretty much played on the same team,” senior Addison Hichman said. “So it’ll be like we’re taking it back to that first team we had and that will be really special to all of us.”
Players said the effort given by the team, the emotion of the night and the tremendous support from the fans helped them achieve the win. This victory put the team in a three-way tie for the number one ranking in the conference between T.C. Roberson and A.C. Reynolds.
“It was so exciting to win and it felt so rewarding because we worked so hard for this,” senior Bailey Lance said. “We played for each other that night, not just for ourselves and I think that helped us in our victory over Reynolds.”
By: Stone Hogan, Sports Editor