In a night filled with emotions, celebrations, and outstanding volleyball, the Fitch Falcons soared to an emphatic victory on their senior night, sweeping Canfield 25-16, 25-13, 25-15. The Falcons took the opportunity to honor their three exceptional seniors, Jordan Smith, Afton Roby, and Payton Binion, and the result was a dominating performance that clinched their fourth consecutive outright AAC championship. A share of the title was already clinched last week with their win over Boardman.
The Falcons paid a heartfelt tribute to the injured Binion, who has been an integral part of their success. In a touching gesture, they sent her in for the first serve of sets 1 and 3, drawing a well-deserved ovation from the crowd as she exited the game. It was a poignant reminder of the strength and unity that defines this Fitch volleyball team.
On the court, the Falcons displayed the kind of excellence that has become synonymous with their program. Jordan Smith, one of the seniors being celebrated, led the charge with 12 kills and 8 digs, showcasing her exceptional hitting efficiency with a .365 hitting percentage. Afton Roby, another senior, contributed 6 kills, 4 blocks, and 3 aces, demonstrating her versatility and impact on both ends of the court.
Kylie Folkwein added to the offensive firepower with 8 kills and 10 digs, while Rylie Simons orchestrated the offense beautifully with 29 assists and 4 aces. The defensive effort was anchored by Izzy DiRenzo, who notched an impressive 19 digs.
Canfield, facing the relentless Fitch attack, had strong performances from Meridian Ross, who recorded 8 kills and 2 blocks, and the return of Lily Weaver, who contributed 7 kills after returning from injury.
With this resounding victory, Fitch clinched the outright AAC championship, a remarkable achievement marking their fourth consecutive conference title. The Falcons now turn their attention to the last few matches of the regular season, with a road matchup against Louisville on the horizon. Canfield, on the other hand, looks to regroup as they return home to host Howland in their next contest.