West Iron’s Abbie Grubbs gets up high to send a shot at Forest Park defenders during their Oct. 1 match at the Eddie Chambers Gym.
CRYSTAL FALLS—Oct. 1 was pink-out night here, with Forest Park and West Iron’s volleyball teams both wearing pink to promote women’s health issues.
If you thought “well, pink is pink,” that definitely was not the case. This time West Iron wore a rosy pink, while the Lady Trojans chose a violet pink—the difference between the two pinks was easy to see.
The Wykons’ shirts all carried messages: “Iron County Pink Out” and “Together we can make a difference” and “#Ignite the rivalry” on the front, along with the logos from both schools. On back, they read “The game is only half the battle.”
Forest Park’s shirts just had a number on the front. On the back was the number under “Lady Trojans.”
“We’re going to be wearing pink all month, it looks like,” FP Coach Kim Bjork said later. “Raising money for our volleyball program and for the Iron County Cancer Unit.”
On the court, the Wykons challenged Forest Park in a long, dramatic first set, but the Lady Trojans wound up with still another 3-0 win. The scores were 29-27, 25-10, 25-15.
Two nights later, on Oct. 3, the Lady Trojans hosted Carney-Nadeau, which also fought hard in the first set. Again, the story had a familiar ending: Forest Park won 3-0 (25-21, 25-8, 25-11).
FP starts this week with a 19-1-5 record and is 7-0 in the Skyline Conference.
After West Iron just barely fell short of a rare win over Forest Park in the first set (details in the West Iron story), the match was essentially over. The Wykons didn’t seem to have much fight left, and the Lady Trojans made short work of them.
Lexi Gussert’s six-point spell on serve, including five aces, opened an 11-4 lead in the second set. Twos and threes from Kelsi Hendrickson, Kendra Campbell and Maria Stankewicz ended a 25-10 win.
The Wykons played better in the third set and only trailed 9-7 when Stankewicz got the ball—she served five to break it open.
“We were very slow in the first set,” Bjork said after post-match handshakes. “We weren’t moving very well.