Tri-match # 1 at Jim Boyd Gymnasium - West Point
Fairview 14 25 13 23
West Point 25 21 25 25
West Point (9-6, 2-2 in 5A, A 13) wins match 3-1
TIME OF MATCH: 1:25
FLASH NOTES: Fairview was looking for a clean sweep of Area 13 opponents entering Thursday's match with West Point. The Lady Aggies had clinched the regular season title Tuesday sweeping Hayden on the road.
West Point played with a great deal of pride and played very well from all phases of the game, matching Fairview and performing well when the stakes became very high.
Trailing 7-6 in the first set, West Point went ahead to stay on service points by Gracie Thompson, with kills coming from Josie Huckaby, Lexi Shadix and assists by Selena Clark.
The close game was turned into West Point controlling it the rest of the way. They went from 6-7 to 20-12 as Clark served well with Huckaby playing good at the net and Fairview unable to slow the Lady Warriors down.
Molly Pendley got the final three points on serve to place West Point on top in the match.
Fairview regrouped and used solid play from the likes of Mckinna Yearwood, Ally Hogeland, Katie Ball, Abbi Taylor and Tess Bailey to even the match at a win apiece.
Daisy Manasco had some big plays for the Lady Aggies down the stretch with the final point coming on West Point serving the ball too far past the Fairview back row.
In game three, the Lady Warriors moved in front at 3-2, building the spread to 12-6. A service point from Shadix with a block by Huckaby raised the lead to 17-10.
Carter then closed out the third set with four consecutive service points and the Lady Warriors were in striking distance of preventing Fairview from a perfect area regular season.
The fourth set was West Point in the early phases of it. Three straight service points by Clark had the Lady Warriors ahead 17-8 with Fairview reeling. But Tracy Means' Lady Aggies showed a lot of heart. They broke West Point's service and closed the margin to 22-21 on a kill by Yearwood off a serve from Micah Means.
Yearwood got an ace that gave Fairview a chance at tieing when they were down 24-23. But on the next play, the return serve by the Lady Aggies hit the antenna and West Point claimed the match in an hour and 25 minutes.
Besides losing an area match for the first time, the Lady Aggies fell for the first time vs. a county team. Fairview is now 8-1 and is the probable No. 1 seed when the county tournament takes place in a couple of weeks at Holly Pond.
West Point is looking to finish up area play with games at Hayden and Curry to try and claim the No. 2 seed for the Area 13 Tournament. The Lady Warriors stand at 2-2 in the area standings.
Tri-match # 2 at Jim Boyd Gymnasium - West Point
Hanceville 20 12
Fairview 25 25
Fairview (21-7) wins the match 2-0
TIME OF MATCH: 0:42
FLASH NOTES: Fairview was off its stride to start the match with Hanceville and the Lady Bulldogs capitalized by an 8-3 advantage on three straight service points from Savannah Hollingsworth.
But as the first set moved on, Fairview started to work its way back in contention, featuring Taylor and Yearwood at the front line. Yearwood tied the score at 12-12 on a kill, then good serving by Manasco and Marisa Donohoo, put the Lady Aggies up 20-15.
Hanceville shook off the nerves and pulled to 22-19 on a service point by Sadie Eddy.
Fairview then got a volley by Means, a kill from Hogeland and a volley by Manasco that allowed them for a comeback win in the first set.
The second game was handled by Fairview after it was even at 3-3. Taylor scored on a kill and another kill by the senior made it 13-10. Four consecutive points by Alivia Boyil, including an ace, enabled the Lady Aggies to up the margin to 18-10.
Hanceville was unable to make a huge dent into the deficit with Manasco serving well in crunch time, plus getting two volley points from Taylor that sent them home 1-1 on the day and 21-7 for the season.
Photo 1: Daisy Manasco (25), Micah Means (1) and Marissa Donohoo (23) for Fairview.
Photo 2: Tess Bailey (13) blocks ball at net, (8) Mckinna Yearwood follows play.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton