After a tough non-district schedule, the Foster volleyball team has turned the corner and is looking like a contender again for the District 24-5A title.

The Lady Falcons moved to 3-0 in district play after a sweep of Hightower, winning 25-17, 25-12, 25-17 on Tuesday night at Falcon Gym.

“We actually talked about playing as a unit and as a team, not individuals,” Foster head coach Morgan Hunter said. “When we do that, we perform a lot better.”

Foster jumped out to a 16-9 lead in the first set and didn’t look back, as kills from outside hitter Kiley Smink paced the Lady Falcons to an eight-point win.

More solid hitting by Amariah Kendrick and Alexis Obialo helped Foster get off to a good start in the second set, as a block and kill by Smink and an ace by Ashley Isbell helped the Lady Falcons build an 11-5 lead. It grew to a 20-9 lead and a kill by Kara Johnson put the finishing touch on a 25-12 win.

The third match was a bit closer, with Hightower keeping pace with Foster, staying within two-to-three points. But the Lady Falcons outscored Hightower 8-3 to end the match, with an ace by Kendrick and a kill by Abby Barnett to wrap things up.

Smink led the Lady Falcons in kills with 12 and also had two aces and three blocks. It’s the largest number of kills by any Foster player this season, Hunter said.

“We had (Kiley) play six rotations instead of three so that we can use her offensively when she is in the backrow,” Hunter said.

Setter Briana Creery had 19 assists and nine digs, while outside hitter Alexis Obialo had six kills and two blocks.

Barnett, Kendrick and Annie Creery each had four kills for Foster, which moved to 17-13 overall.

The win puts the Lady Falcons in a first-place tie with Manvel. Next for Foster is a big match on Friday at Shadow Creek, who is 2-1 in district play.

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