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Falcons ice Waves with aces

SETTING THE STAGE: Forest Lake Christian's Emily Pearce, right, sets up a teammate during a match with Sacramento Waldorf at Forest lake Christian. The Lady Falcons won in three sets. The Lady Falcons will host Vacaville Christian tonight in the second round of the playoffs.
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The Forest Lake Christian girls volleyball team crushed the Waves of Sacramento Waldorf Tuesday night, taking the match in straight sets.

The Lady Falcons tallied 34 aces on their way to the lopsided victory, 25-12, 25-4, 25-14.

“Our biggest asset is our serving,” Forest Lake Christian head coach Travis Smith said. “Against a team like that we can just win on our serves, but that’s not what you want.”

Senior captain Megan Gauthier led the ace brigade with nine, Aly English had eight to go with nine assists, and Hannah Zea added three aces.

Emily Pearce led the Lady Falcons with eight kills to go with her seven assists and Morgan Koch added three kills in the win.

Forest Lake Christian got off to a slow start falling behind Sacramento Waldorf 6-2 in the first set, but quickly righted the ship when English tallied five aces to put the Lady Falcons up one. The Waves never recovered as the Forest lake Christian outscored them 17-5 to finish the set.

In the second set, it was more of the same and worse for the Waves, as FLC’s Gauthier sent seven straight unreturned serves over the net to put the Lady Falcons up 10-2. Then, with the score at 15-4, English held serve for the lady Falcons for 10 straight points to close the match, 25-4.

In the third, the Lady Falcons took their foot of the gas pedal a bit as they cruised to a 25-14 third set victory.

“When we have a team like this, where I can replace anybody and the level of play doesn’t drop, our goal is play to the best of our ability,” Smith said. “We played well tonight, but there were too many balls that dropped and things that happen from being lazy.”

Forest Lake Christian is now 2-0 in the Central Valley California League with a Thursday match with Delta on the horizon.

To contact Sports Writer Walter Ford, email wford@theunion.com or call (530) 477-4232.

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