Knights too gracious as Falcons’ host
Volleyball: Foothills, HTA boys and girls squads battle on the court
Wednesday, Oct 25, 2017 10:43 am
The Holy Trinity Academy Knights proved to be perfect hosts on the volleyball court last week.
They stimulated their guests with challenging and entertaining volleyball but unfortunately, the Knights were too hospitable, letting the visiting Foothills Falcons leave with a pair of victories.
The Falcons senior girls squad remained undefeated in the Foothills Athletic Council by downing the Knights 3-1 on Oct. 18, while Foothills outlasted the Knights 3-2 the night before in senior boys action.
HTA jumped out to win the first set 25-23 in the boys’ match.
“One of the things we need to work on is to not start slow and we are still working on it,” said Falcons right side Eric Meyer.
The Falcons were able to rebound to take the second set. Foothills would jump out to a 2-1 lead when they downed the Knights 25-14, which was highlighted by a thunderous spike by Meyer.
Foothills had all the momentum, but it turns out the Knights weren’t ready to leave the table.
They roared back with a 25-21 victory to tie things at 2-2. The winning point came on a smash by Ryan Peters.
“We had to make some adjustments – we had guys step into roles they haven’t played before,” said Peters, who was battling a head cold. “But we still took them to five games.”
He also had to adjust his game.
“Once they started keying on me, it made it more difficult,” Peters said. “But that opened it up for the other hitters.”
He said Jackson Fraser and Lucas Hinger provided some big hits for the Knights.
Although the Knights forced game five, they weren’t able to quite finish off the Falcons.
The Falcons roared back with a 15-9 victory in the abbreviated final game to take the match. Foothills took a 10-7 lead but were able to make it 14-7 on three consecutive point-winning spikes by Meyer, Matt Greenshields and Kyle Tarasoff.
“You get the ball to those guys, you know they are going to put it away,” Meyer said. “It’s great to have them on the team.”
And putting it away against the Knights isn’t easy.
“They seem to get every ball up that we put over — they are hard to bury,” Meyer said. “They are a really good defensive team.
“Ryan can come at you from anywhere — just take whatever you can from him on the block.”
The Falcons have finished FAC play in first-place and get a bye to the semifinals on Nov. 6 at the Comp.
The Knights will likely start their playoffs on Halloween.
Both teams will compete at the Falcons’ tournament this weekend at the Comp and HTA.
There’s nothing like a deflated loss to tire a team out.
The Holy Trinity Academy Knights girls battled the Foothills Falcons in their 3-1 loss on Oct. 18, but when they dropped a 27-25 lead in the third set, they lost more momentum than Bill Morneau’s tax proposals.
The Falcons downed the Knights 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 27-25, 25-12) at HTA.
“We lost our energy for sure,” said Knights coach Melanie Glanville. “The second and third game could have gone either way. That fourth game we just lost some steam especially, when we got behind early.”
Knights middle Gabby Ralph had the tough-task of going up against her Falcon counterpart Alli Taylor.
“We came out with a lot of confidence and we were on our game,” Ralph said of the first set. “We were right there for the second and third set. In the fourth set, once we missed a few plays we got a little nervous.”
Taylor said the Falcons were able to put their first loss behind them.
“I thought we played really well, but we weren’t quite into it,” Taylor said. “After that we played as a team and ran all of our plays.”
In the third set, the Falcons appeared to have the game won on a Taylor spike, but Foothills was called for being on the net to tie the game at 25-25.
Don’t get mad get even.
Foothills took a 26-25 lead when Taylor went sky high to block an HTA spike, the ball landing on the Knights’ side of the floor.
Foothills would then win the crucial third set 27-25 when the Knights were unable to return a Falcons’ knuckleball serve.
Falcons power Jenna Romaniuk said the Knights gave them a battle and it’s always a thrill to beat the school from the northside.
“I love it – you get fired up and you want to play your best game,” she said.
The Falcons will host the Oilfields Drillers Oct. 25 at 5:30 p.m. They have a bye to the FAC semifinals on Nov. 6. The Knights and the Falcons are playing in the Falcons Classic this weekend.