Volleyball Victorious In Home Opener

Bri Eagan, Gabby Smith and Julie Hampton celebrate at home

The Lady Raiders Volleyball team came from behind to beat the Herkimer Generals in their home opener on Wednesday night.  FM won the match in 5 sets; 25-27, 25-23, 23-25, 26-24 and 15-7.

Photo: Bri Egan (1), Gabrielle Smith (7) and Julie Hampton (2) celebrate a crucial point.  

Both teams were evenly matched and Herkimer jumped out to a 16-18 lead in the first set.  Bri Eagan put FM in the lead 22-21, but the Generals strung together points down the stretch to win 27-25. 

The Raiders bounced back in the second set as Megan Ryder put FM in the lead 16-12.  Herkimer crept their way back to take the lead 19-20, but FM settled in for the 25-23 victory.   Both teams went point for point in the third set, but Herkimer took advantage of some FM miscues for a 25-23 victory. 

In the fourth set FM found themselves in a hole, but were able to make a comeback.  Aspen Darling's ace closed the Herkimer lead to 18-15 and Ryder's ace tied the set at 19.  The Generals were a point away from the victory, but FM scored four straight points to win 26-24 and force game five.  FM dominated the final set 15-7 and secured the 3-2 victory. 

Bri Eagan led the Raiders with 26 digs and 30 kills. Megan Ryder finished with 20 kills and Gabrielle Smith had 61 assists. Brianna Port led with 9 blocks.

The Lady Raiders moved to 5-4 on the season and 2-0 in conference play.  FM will travel to Mohawk Valley CC on Saturday, September 16th for POD play.  The Raiders will play Broome, Tompkins Cortland and Corning.