Lady Indians win Home-Opener over Seneca and Rabun County
Brian Carter, Director of Sports Communication and Digital Media at Tallulah Falls School (TFS) reports good things are worth waiting for. For Tallulah Falls, the long-awaited home-opening match carried with it wins over Seneca (SC) and Rabun County. The girls, playing in their first home matches nearly a month into the season, led off with a 2-0 win over Seneca. The first set, a 25-10 quick win for TFS, included a 6-0 run which produced an early timeout for the visitors. Allie Dalton was at serve during the streak. The Lady Indians bounded out to a 15-4 lead behind great play by Alba Romanos Gracia, Barrett Whitener, Dalton, and Sarah Jennings. Jennings recorded multiple kills, while Whitener and Dalton came up with timely aces. Dalton opened the second set where she left off, recording a quick ace. However, Seneca had the lead multiple times, including going up four times before TFS rallied. Down 11-8, the Lady Indians outscored Seneca 17-7 the remainder of the set. The rally came after coach Matt Heyl yelled out “no more balls hit the floor!” His challenge was accepted, as the girls allowed only four more to hit on their side of the court. Nancy Fisher and Whitener had long serving runs, while Kitty Rodenas tapped in a pivotal kill in the 25-18 win. In the finale against Rabun County, it was identical set scores for the 2-0 win. In the first set, Whitener, Jennings, and Gracia all had key kills to put TFS up 6-2 quickly. After trading service errors, the Lady Indians went up 11-6 behind great play at the net by Jennings, Whitener, and Fisher. TFS advanced 16-8, and aces by Jennings and Whitener put the set away. The second set saw Rabun come back from a 4-0 deficit to tie it at 5 apiece and later at 11-all. Despite going up 16-14, the visitors couldn’t hold back a 13-4 closing rally by the Lady Indians to secure the straight-set win. The win streak is now three for the Lady Indians, and includes a pair of wins over Rabun County in the past three matches. TFS is 7-4 overall on the season prior to opening region play. The girls return to action on Thursday at George Walton to take on the host school and Athens Christian.