Nothing has come easily for the Falmouth High School volleyball team lately, but the wins have come through hard work. The team improved to 6-3 overall with the craziest victory of the season so far, a five-set marathon against an Old Rochester Regional squad who had lost just once entering the match at FHS.
Falmouth (6-3) scored a back-and-forth victory in five sets, taking down the Bulldogs 25-19, 16-25, 25-19, 19-25, and 15-12.
“It was a great all-around team play,” coach Ernie Holcomb said. “We played our best defense all year.”
After seeing the visitors force a decisive fifth game, Falmouth rallied to win the final game in a nail-biter. With the final game tied at 5-5, the Clippers went on a big run to take control, starting with a Daisha Pena kill that led to the team putting up three straight. After ORR got the serve back, cutting it to 8-6, Shea MacLeod smashed down a point and then got another off a block to up the lead to four points. ORR then hit the ball out for another Falmouth point before an Anna Falcone lunging dig went over for another point and a 12-6 lead.
Old Rochester fought back to make things interesting. After a long rally went in Falmouth’s favor, bringing up match point, ORR scored the next three points in a row. The match then ended, a bit anti-climatically, when a Bulldog serve landed out of bounds for the final point.
Senior Riley Gregor led the charge for the Clippers with eight kills, seven aces and 37 assists in the marathon match. Paige Farrington had five kills and MacLeod had five aces, 12 kills and five blocks. Pena had five kills.
A day earlier Falmouth traveled to Bridgewater-Raynham and scored a 3-0 win on the road. Gregory again was huge for FHS, finishing with 10 kills, 18 assists and two blocks.
Falmouth swept the match 25-22, 25-23, 25-22.
MacLeod had 11 kills and three blocks in the match, and Pena had five kills. Haylen Engstrom had six assists as she took on the setting role when Gregory was in the front row, which allowed Gregory to attack more.