By: Dean Jerry Haynes
The FCC Women's Volleyball season got underway with a match on the road against Hagerstown Community College. Temperatures inside the gym were soaring as play began. Under interim head coach, Rob Hixon, and interim assistant coach, Ray Brown, the Cougars began play in a back and forth game one that started close with FCC trailing 9-7 early. After an 8-2 run by the Hawks of HCC, FCC roared back to come within five at 20-15 before the Hawks ran the table to take game one, 25-15.
Game two was a nail-biter as neither team was able to take more than a two point lead until HCC broke through at 19-16. Another point would give them their biggest lead of the game at 20-16 before the Cougars knuckled down and went on a 5-0 run to lead 21-20. HCC then went on their own mini-run to pull within a point of the victory at 24-22 before the Cougars again took charge. Trailing 24-23, freshman Elizabeth (Elise) Wilson took control with points on three straight serves, highlighted by a key block by Brittany Jolly to break the tie at 25-24, followed by a powerful block by freshman Jacqueline Ryan that gave the Cougars the game two win, 26-24.
HCC took control of game three early with a 5-0 lead and increased it to 18-9 before the Cougars once again fought back with their own 9-6 run before finally losing 25-19.
Game four started with the longest exchange of the match with Ryan once again slamming home a winner to take a 1-0 lead. Finally, at 3-3, the Cougars ran out of gas in the hot gym, as HCC pulled away to win 25-10.
The freshmen-laden FCC roster performed well together in their first match with stellar performances by freshmen Keirra Shaffer, Juliana Donahue, Madison France, and Emily Chomiak. Anchoring the team without a rest was our lone sophomore, Leslie Pamer.
FCC returns to action on the road at Anne Arundel Community College Wednesday, September 5, with a 6:00 p.m. game time.