With the number of returning starters the Fairfield Ludlowe girls volleyball team had in 2012, it'd be easy to overlook some of the Falcons' up-and-comers, like Corinne Lang.

"I really just love the game," Lang said. "It makes me really happy to play."

But Lang's been one of Ludlowe's unsung heroes. The junior's been stellar on the service line and Ludlowe head coach Meghan Skelton is aware of how valuable Lang is.

"She's been demonstrating a real consistency in the back row," Skelton said.

Skelton moved Lang from outside hitter to libero to get more size on the team's front line.

"We made that switch hopefully to use our 5-11 player who was my libero before -- Pauline Blatt," Skelton said.

Lang has not disappointed, and admitted the position shift has been a challenge.

"I played that position prior, but not often," she said. "It was definitely different, but I embraced it with open arms and why not? Everything happens for a reason."

Warde supported

Warde coach Matt Narwold was proud of the fan support his team received.

"We were really happy, we had a ton of student support tonight," Narwold said. "It was really nice to have their support."

The Mustangs had more than 100 fans clad in black making noise. Narwold also received some support from members of his elementary school class.

Ludlowe also had strong fan and student support.

Mistakes

Narwold thought his team struggled with mistakes.

Warde committed seven service errors and eight other unforced errors.

"We had a lot of unforced errors," he said. "By making those silly errors, we cost ourselves the game."

On the other side, Ludlowe suffered very few lulls, an issue which has plagued Skelton's team.

"Nowhere near where we've been in the past," she said of the lulls. "They're getting more and more consistent, which we love."

Ludlowe standout Emily Nelson admitted the Falcons are brimming with confidence.

"We're so confident," Nelson said.

Pink Pride

Both sides were clad in pink in honor of breast cancer awareness month.

Pink bracelets were sold and there was a raffle with proceeds from both going to the Side-Out Foundation's "Dig Pink" promotion.

Skelton wore a pink skirt and Narwold wore a pink shirt and bowtie to commemorate the occasion.

Pat Pickens

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