The home portion of the Falcons season wrapped up tonight with a visit from Casteel. North Pointe continued their strong defensive play, but were eventually taken down by a stronger team. The Falcons were led by Emma Wales, Abby Rice and Jaci Norton with four kills a piece, and Abbie Barajas with two kills and three aces. “Casteel is the superior team, and should have won, but we played tough and made them work for everything. The most important thing is that we didn’t back down, we kept working hard, and set a new standard for Falcon Volleyball. This was a strong week and a big step forward in the process,” said Coach Walsh.
North Pointe hosted Yuma Catholic in what turned out to be an absolute barn burner that went the distance in five sets. The first two games went to extra points, 26-24 and 28-30, and the teams traded points the entire night, keeping each game close until the very end. While your Falcons eventually lost 3-2, it was a night for the record books. Emma Wales set a new single match record of 23 kills, beating the previous record of 16 set in 2013 and Kenia Esquivel set a new single match record of 37 assists, beating the previous record of 33 set in 2008. “Tonight we realized how capable we can be when we give full effort. Each player left everything they had on the floor all night long, and it was us playing together, relying on each other, covering each other that got us to the brink tonight. It’s disappointing that we couldn’t put it away, but it’s encouraging to see how far we’ve come in two short years,” said Coach Walsh.
The Falcons opened up their last home stand of the season hosting 6th ranked Valley Christian. North Pointe fought hard in each of the three games, but ultimately fell, 3-0. The team was led by Emma Wales with five kills, seven digs and Jaci Norton with five kills and five digs, and Abbie Barajas with four kills and an ace. “There is a reason Valley Christian is ranked so highly, they have a lot of weapons, and it was too much for us to overcome tonight. We played as a team, fought for everything and challenged them deep into the third game. We gave them everything we had, which is all we can ask for,” said Coach Walsh.
North Pointe hosted ASU Prep for their last game before their tournament this weekend, and made it a clean sweep for the win. Game 1 was a point for trade off throughout most of the game, until your Falcons clinched it with the final three points. Game 2 the Falcons were down 11-18, and went on a run to go ahead 20-18, before finally winning 25-22. Game 3 the Falcons were in control the entire way, before closing it out 25-18. Emma Wales led the team with six kills and five Aces, while Jaci Norton added six kills and Abby Rice had five kills. “It was about finding ourselves again tonight, and they responded and had fun,” said Coach Walsh.
Tonight your Falcons traveled to Buckeye to match up against Odyssey, and lost in three. This was their 2nd match with them inside of a week, and showed growth from the last time, bettering the scores, and making it much harder for Odyssey this time around. North Pointe was led by Jaci Norton with five kills and two aces, followed by Abby Rice with four kills, and Emma Wales with three kills and two aces. “We are focusing on creating a new North Pointe Volleyball and continuing to work hard,” said Coach Dan.
The Falcons wrapped up their three game home stand tonight losing 3-0 to American Leadership Academy. North Pointe was led by Emily Wales with five kills and Abby Rice with three kills and two aces. “We are playing good volleyball and that’s awesome, we are able to execute our defense and our offensive plays, but now it’s time to take the next step,” said Coach Dan.