PIKEVILLE — The Charles B. Aycock Golden Falcons defeated the South Johnston Trojans on Tuesday in a match where the Golden Falcons were able to mount a comeback after losing the first set.
South Johnston came out firing on all cylinders in Tuesday’s match with great play at the net, and the end line. The Trojans jumped out to an early 5-1 lead with great serving from Kennedy Byrd, and incredible net play from Jordyn Brown.
Brown also did a good job serving from the end line in the first set and with the score 6-4 in South Johnston’s favor, she won nine points in a row on serve to give the Trojans a 15-4 lead. South Johnston was able to hold onto the sizable lead they created to win the set 25-16.
In the second set, the Golden Falcons began to pick up their intensity, and they began to play right with the Trojans who appeard to be the superior team in the first set.
After 24 points played in the set, the score was even at 12-12. The Golden Falcons were able to go a small run with excellent serving from Laci Best to take a 16-12 lead. The 4-0 run proved to be decisive in the set as C.B. Aycock was able to hold onto the lead for the rest of the set which they won 25-20.
After outplaying South Johnston at the end of the second set, C.B. Aycock continued their strong performance on the court. The Golden Falcons started off by winning the first four points of the third set to take a 4-0 lead. South Johnston’s Byrd helped the Trojans take the lead though at 5-4 by winning four service points in a row. Just like in the second set, both teams were playing on almost an even level, and with 32 points played in the set the score was even at 16-16. With the score at 16-16 the Golden Falcons were able to go on a 6-0 run to take a 22-16 lead. Just like in the second set, C.B. Aycock was able to hold onto the lead, and win the set 25-18.
In the fourth and final set of the match, C.B. Aycock outplayed South Johnston throughout the entire set. The Golden Falcons got off to an early 15-7 lead, and never looked back. C.B. Aycock held on to win the fourth set 25-15, which gave them a three-sets-to-one match victory.
C.B. Aycock head coach Jordyn McGhee said that she was proud of the way her team performed even though it took them until the second set to perform at their best.
“I think we played really well,” McGhee said. “They took a while to get warmed up. The first set is always rough for us, but by the second set they usually turn it on.”
With the win, C.B. Aycock improved to 8-1 overall for the season, and 2-1 in the Quad County 3A conference.
The Golden Falcons play again on Thursday at 5 p.m. when they take on Wilson Fike at home.