Middleburg, Va. (October 20, 2014) – Junior Kathleen “Kat” Forrest, a First-Team All-Delaney Athletic Conference volleyball player last season, had been struggling with her serve for much of the season, knocking the ball out of bounds or into the net much more often that she should. When she stepped to the line last Tuesday to serve against Wakefield Country Day School with her team trailing, 6-3, in the decisive fifth set, though, there was a determination on her face.
Kat’s first serve smashed into the floor at the feet of a WCDS player for an ace to make the score 6-4. Her next one did the same, as did the one after that. Soon Foxcroft was leading the 15-point rubber game by the score of 12-3.
The WCDS coach called time out in an attempt to break Kat’s concentration and “cool off” her red-hot serves. It didn’t work.
Kat returned to the service line and fired an ace. Then another. Her final serve was a laser beam that hit the floor with a resounding thud and Foxcroft had won the game, 15-6, and the match 3 games to 2.
Kat’s 12 consecutive service points and a fine, all-around game (18 kills, 15 digs) earned her Athlete of the Week honors for the period ending October 18.
The Sperryville, Va., resident, who hopes to play in college, had a similar game last year against Wakefield School, another DAC opponent. With Foxcroft trailing 24-13 in Game 2, Kat ran off 13 consecutive points, including 11 aces, to give Foxcroft an incredible 26-24 victory.