FPC Lady Plainsmen defeat Clarendon College in straight sets

After playing their first four WJCAC matches on the road, the Lady Plainsmen finally got to enjoy the luxury of the home crowd in their conference showing down with the Clarendon College Lady Bulldogs.Going into Wednesday night, the Frank Phillips College Lady Plainsmen had yet to drop a match at home in the BCAC for the season.Both FPC and Clarendon College entered the contest with identical 1-3 conference records. However, the Lady Plainsmen proved they were the more athletic team on the court in the BCAC getting the win in three straight sets 25-22, 32-30, 25-17 to improve to 2-3 in conference play and take their undefeated at home mark to 5-0.Solid defense allowed the Lady Plainsmen to start game one strong and build a 17-10 lead. However, Clarendon kept the Lady Plainsmen from getting the easy game one win by crawling back to tie the score at 22-22. After a timeout, the Lady Plainsmen were able to regroup to score the final three points, which included a big kill by Kayla Silva to win game one 25-22.Game two had some of the same characteristics as game one, with the Lady Plainsmen taking a good early lead only to see Clarendon crawl back to tie the score.Clarendon took their first lead of the game on a kill to make it a 23-24 game. However, Jordan Moore made a good play at the net to keep the Lady Plainsmen alive by tying to score. The two teams went back and forth until Melissa Goncalves made a great dig to keep the ball alive for a Lady Plainsmen point, followed by Moore getting another big kill to give the Lady Plainsmen the 32-30 win.In game three, the Lady Plainsmen got off to a slow start, but it did not take the team too long to start finding a good rhythm which allowed the home team to pull away for the win and get the sweep in the match.The Lady Plainsmen improve to 19-11 overall and will next host Midland College on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in a WJCAC match.FPC stat leaders: Kills-Alyne Bianchi 7, Kayla Silva 7, Melissa Goncalves 6; Blocks-Rebecca Moustapha 6, Jordan Moore 4; Digs-Nikki Welter 14, Bianchi 8, Goncalves 6; Assists-Grecia Rivera 18, Goncalves 8.