Coming off a thrilling and dramatic five set win against The Louisville Leopards the night prior, The Austintown Fitch Falcons welcomed in Cardinal Mooney for their first and only match with The Cardinals this season! Mooney came in with a mix of experience and new faces, one name that always shines bright is, multiple sport athlete, Maria Fire! Along with Fire, Mooney brought in some good height that has caused issues for so many offenses at the net this year.
However, a motivated and determined Falcons squad would not be denied on Thursday. Coming in with supreme focus, Fitch looked sharp from the first serve. Speaking of which, Austintown compiled some phenomenal serves across the board, making all the difference against The Cardinals. Wisely, in an attempt to counteract the height the Mooney possesses, The Falcons worked the ball to the outsides with Rylie Simons setting up dimes to the tune of 23 assists, forcing Mooney’s block attempts to fall out of bounds.
Jocelyn Jourdan had double figures in kills once again, putting her 44 away from breaking the program’s all time record (989, Sarah Obradavich). However, the phenomenal freshman play of Kylie Folkwein made all the difference. With a total of 11 aces behind the service line, Folkwein now has 17 in two games, bringing her season total to 34!
Mooney (6-6) will have an opportunity to get back in the win column; however, the task will not come easy with The Cardinals taking the bus ride down to Berlin Center to do battle with The Western Reserve Blue Devils (8-4). That matchup is slated for Monday, September 26th.
The win keeps Fitch (12-1) rolling, but no rest for the weary, as Austintown travels to Girard (11-2) who is coming off a big win against Lakeview. That match will also occur on Monday, September 26th and will be on YSN!
Fitch 25 – 13 Mooney
Fitch 25 – 9 Mooney
Fitch 25 – 3 Mooney
Match: Fitch 3 –0 Mooney
Kylie Folkwein: 6 Kills, 11 Aces, 9 Digs, 2 Assists. (Player of the Game)
Jocelyn Jourdan: 15 Kills, 1 Ace, 6 Digs, 6 Receptions.
Afton Roby: 8 Kills, 1 Dig.
Rylie Simons: 1 Kill, 1 Ace, 8 Digs, 23 Assists.
Julia Jordan: 4 Kills, 1 Dig, 1 Assist.
Jordan Binion: 3 Kills, 1 Dig, 1 Reception.
Avery Rosko: 1 Kill, 2 Aces, 2 Receptions.
Lillie Dilts: 1 Ace, 2 Digs, 2 Assists, 10 Receptions.
Cierra Cable: 3 Digs, 2 Assists, 3 Receptions.
Izzy DiRenzo: 1 Assist.
*Contributed By YSN’s Ty Bartell