FLC women’s volleyball defeats Modesto on Friday; upsets Cabrillo, falls to Feather River on Saturday
In a match that turned out to be much closer than it should have been, the Falcons eventually prevailed with a five-set victory over Modesto at Falcon Gym on Friday night, 28-26, 19-25, 25-19, 22-25, 15-12.
With two starters being used sparingly (or not at all) due to nagging injuries, the Falcons were out of sync, while the Pirates were motivated to pull off the upset. The Falcons relied heavily on setters Mae Faraimo and Taylor Coate, who recorded 25 and 11 assists respectively. Deonna Robinson excelled in the backcourt with 33 digs and also had five service aces, while Valerie Hutton contributed six kills and four solo blocks at the net. With the win, the Falcons improved to 2-1 in Big 8 play.
Saturday’s Folsom Lake Classic Tournament II featured three teams ranked in the top-16 in the state: No. 4 Cabrillo, No. 11 Feather River, and No. 16 Folsom Lake. The Falcons opened with Cabrillo and were up for the challenge, as they upset the visiting Seahawks in four sets, 25- 22, 25-18, 20-25, 26-24.
After sitting out Friday night’s match , setter Kennedy Crawford (44 assists) combined with outside hitter Caitlin Dillon (21 kills) - who mostly rested on Friday night - to torment the Seahawks. Cassondra Gomez and Deonna Robinson combined for 32 digs to frustrate Cabrillo’s hitters.
The Falcons’ second match on Saturday did not go as well as the opener, as they fell to a spirited Feather River squad in four close sets, 22-25, 25-22, 22-25, 20-25. Alicia Wilson stepped up with seven kills and six blocks, but the Falcons hurt themselves with a season-high 10 service errors. Kennedy Crawford had 30 assists and 16 digs, while also recording six kills.
The Falcons will host state-ranked No. 8 Sierra on Wednesday night at 6:30 in a Big 8 Conference matchup.
The Falcons opened their Big 8 schedule on Friday in south Sacramento and came away with a 0-0 draw against district-rival Cosumnes River. Although the Falcons controlled possession time and outshot the Hawks, 9-3, the majority of the match was played in the middle third of the field. Freshmen Mason Lopez and Andrew Ratto were named “men of the match” for their defensive contributions. The Falcons will next play Modesto at 4 p.m. today at Falcon Stadium.