WOW! Pisgah sweeps West HendersonBlack Bears stun the Falcons for only second time in 22 years and first sweep ever
MILLS RIVER — Perennial volleyball powerhouse West Henderson had lost to Pisgah only once in the past 22 years. Entering Wednesday’s WNC Athletic Conference match with the Black Bears, the Falcons had won 14 consecutive matches.
But as the old saying goes, “you can’t win ‘em all.”
Pisgah snapped West Henderson’s win streak, defeated the Falcons for only the second time in 22 years and did in impressive fashion as the Black Bears swept West Henderson, 3-0, (25-22, 25-21, 26-24).
The sweep was the first ever in school history.
“It does not seem real,” said Pisgah Head Coach Megan Woods. “I still feel like I am in a dream. Our seniors played hard and played tough and they came here with a attitude to win and they took care of business. We have two big games left ... North at home and Brevard on the road and if we can take care of business that will put us in a good spot in the conference and a good seeding for the playoffs.”
In the first set, West Henderson took a 13-5 before the Black Bears rallied with a 20-8 run to win, 25-22.
Pisgah carried the momentum in the second set and took an early lead 6-2 and never looked back to take a 2-0 lead over the stunned Falcons.
West Henderson refused to go away aand finally took a 22-20 lead in the see-saw third set before Coach Woods called a timeout to regroup her troops.
The Black Bears responded as its front line of Shelby Tomassi, Brooklyn Allen, Mariah Lewis, Sheridan Pressley and Lisa Caldwell dominated the fierce action at the net, which sparked a 3-1 run as Pisgah recaptured the lead for the seventh time, 24-23.
After West Henderson tied it at 24, Pisgah stayed aggressive and picked up the final two points to win the match.
“It feels really good to beat West Henderson at their place and this was a really big match for us,” said Lewis. “There was some nerves but we all played with confidence and it ended how we wanted it to end. We did not expect to sweep them. But it is sure sweet to do this way in our senior year.”
“Coming into the match we were a little nervous because of who West Henderson is with their records and state championship banners hanging on the wall,” said Montana Moore. “But I think the seniors really pulled it through tonight and the juniors stepped up. Our confidence soared after the first set.”
Leading Pisgah in the sweep were Lewis (1 ace, 9 kills, 6 blocks, 3 digs), Allen (1 ace, 13 kills, 3 blocks, 14 digs), Moore (4 aces, 5 kills, 1 block, 12 digs), Pressley (2 aces, 2 kills, 2 blocks, 15 assists, 8 digs), Caldwell (3 blocks, 17 assists, 13 digs), Amber Cochran (1 kill, 20 digs) and Tomassi (7 kills, 5 blocks, 3 digs).
“I knew that the seniors really wanted to beat West and and I really wanted to win this match,” said Tomassi. “We were aggressive, took advantage of their mistakes and picked up some easy points.”
Pisgah will travel to Owen Monday before hosting North Henderson Tuesday, Oct. 8.
“It definitely was a struggle,” said Cochran. “They are the best we have faced. Everyone did well and we played together at the end and got all the balls up that we could. What impressed our team so much was the large number of our fans who travel to West. They were loud, crazy and it motivated us.”
The Falcons swept the Pisgah junior varsity, 2-0.