FULSHEAR – The Foster volleyball team wants to make a run like it did a few years ago, reaching the regional semifinals. And on Thursday night, Foster looked poised to repeat that kind of run.

The Lady Falcons easily dispatched Houston Sterling 25-9, 25-9, 25-5 to advance to the second round of the 5A playoffs. Foster will face Texas City in the area round after the Lady Stingarees beat Barbers Hill in four sets.

“The girls are motivated to win more than one playoff match this year,” Foster head coach Morgan Hunter said. “We’ve been talking about it a lot and we know we will have to play well next week in to continue playing.”

Thanks to some hitting and service errors, Sterling was able to stay close in the first round, trailing 6-5. But Foster went on a 10-1 run, with four aces by junior setter Arianan DeLeon and three kills by senior hitter Kiley Smink to put the Lady Falcons 16-6, and coasted to a 25-9 win.

Foster come out strongly in the second set, as some hitting errors, along with three aces by junior hitter Kalani Vasquez and kills by sophomore middle blocker Grace Murphy to take a 16-3 lead. The Lady Raiders struggled to get any offense going, but was able to get a couple of points on a kill and an ace. But an ace by junior hitter Kamryn Williams and a kill by DeLeon helped close out the 25-9 win.

A 15-2 run by the Lady Falcons started the third set, as senior setter Taylor Clark had six aces in the run. Junior middle blocker Elizabeth Waldrop also had two kills in the run. Williams then got four aces in Foster’s 8-0 run to end the set and the match.

Murphy led Foster with 13 kills, with senior middle blocker Alexis Obialo with five kills. Smink had four digs while DeLeon had 11 assists.

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