Lady Trojans fall to Carney in semis

POWERS/CRYSTAL FALLS—At one point during the season, the Forest Park volleyball team was well under .500 and battling just to stay competitive. Eventually the Lady Trojans solved their issues and became a solid team in the season’s final month.
    After losing five of its first seven dual matches, Forest Park ran off five consecutive wins to begin the month of October and carried some confidence into Division 4 District 99 competition. Once there, the Lady Trojans swept North Central in Powers on Oct. 29 but saw their season end in a 3-0 loss to Carney-Nadeau on Oct. 31 in Carney.
    The Wolves went on to win the district trophy by defeating North Dickinson in three sets.
    In the district opener, FP (8-9 in dual matches) had little trouble with a North Central team that fielded only seven players. In fact, the Lady Trojans led wire-to-wire except for a couple of brief moments in the third set on their way to the 25-15, 25-13, 25-10 victory.
    “I think they came out, they knew what their job was, and everybody did their job, so they knew how to take care of business,” FP coach Ana Cornelia said after the NC match. “I always tell them to start strong and end strong and I thought we just had three solid sets where we didn’t let up and we didn’t let them back into the game.”
    “I feel that we played really well,” said senior libero Destiny Ferrara. “We worked as a team and we covered the floor very good and picked up all the balls that we could.”
    Junior setter Sydney Honkala’s tip sparked FP on an 8-2 run that put her team up 10-3 early in the first set. The Jets closed to within 16-12, but the Lady Trojans turned back any further NC advance, getting a kill and a tip from Mercedes Simmons and a cross-court kill by Kelsey Ragio.
    Cassie Divine found a hole in the center of the NC defense shortly after and FP was well on its way to a one-set lead.

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