The TFC Lady Eagles hosted rivals Point University on October 9, and came away with the shutout win, 3-0. TFC has now won three of their last four matches. Point University, formerly known as Atlanta Christian College, has struggled in their new conference, and came into the match with TFC on a three game losing streak.
The Lady Eagles (11-12) began the first set with enthusiasm and excitement, and jumped to an early 11-7 lead. The Lady Skyhawks closed the gap to 14-13, but the Lady Eagles proved to be too much to handle, and took the first set 25-20.
The second set was also won by the home side after several intense rallies and sprawling defensive efforts from both sides. The Lady Eagles once again jumped to an early set lead, but had to fight off the comeback attempt from the Lady Skyhawks. TFC and the energetic student section would take the second set, 28-26.
Needing one more set to claim victory, the Lady Eagles fell behind in the third game, and trailed 7-9 before taking 10 of the next 12 points. Up 17-11, the Lady Eagles once again had to sustain the attack of Point University, and held on for a 25-23 win.
In the shutout victory, the Lady Eagles combined for 73 digs and 44 kills. The Lady Eagles averaged 16 digs a set coming into the match, but averaged 24 digs per set in the win. The Lady Eagles also outperformed their season kill average. Though the team averages 9 kills a game, the Lady Eagles buried almost 15 kills a set against Point. Libero Rachel Morris and setter Mary Willis combined for 30 digs on the night, and Bethany Slate added 22. Offensively, Slate led the Lady Eagles with 21 kills. Courtney Bechtold contributed with 7 kills. Willis also had 7 kills, but added 31 set assists.
The Lady Eagles will travel to LaGrange College on Wednesday for a non-region match, and will return home for a Saturday match against Piedmont International University. The homecoming match against PIU will begin at 2:00 pm.