5A, Area 12 Volleyball Tournament at Fairview Gymnasium:
SEMIFINAL # 1:
# 4 Curry 21 20 26
# 1 Fairview 25 25 28
Fairview (36-15) wins match 3-0
TIME OF MATCH: 1:19
# 2 Hayden 15 25 15 25 20
# 1 Fairview 25 22 25 16 18
Hayden (24-10) wins match 3-2
TIME OF MATCH: 1:53
FLASH NOTES: Fairview erased a bad memory from one year ago when the Lady Aggies hosted the Area 12 Tournament and were upset by Curry, preventing them from a trip to Huntsville for the North Regional.
This time the Lady Aggies were not going to experience a repeat performance as they fought off Curry three times in the semifinals to punch a ticket to Huntsville and participate in the Sweet 16 this weekend.
Curry gave everything it had in each set with Fairview as Tracy Means' Lady Aggies were able to find enough firepower to overcome the Yellow Jackets.
In game three, Curry got the score even at 26-26 on a volley then Fairview went ahead 27-26 on a kill by Abbi Taylor off an assist from Micah Means.
The match ended when Marrissa Donohoo scored the game winner from the service line and a berth to the North Regional was secured.
Now waiting would be the championship hardware.
Hayden had reached the finals by going into a five-game match with West Point and seemed to be running on fumes. But the Lady Wildcats played with heart and emotion. Hayden fell in the first set with Means giving Fairview good play down the stretch to send them ahead in the match.
After Hayden tied it with a hard fought 25-22 verdict in the second set, Fairview was back in the lead at two games to one, led by Means, a kill from Daisy Manasco and two service points by Ally Hogeland.
However, the momentum the Lady Aggies had after the third game went in the opposite direction to Hayden.
The Lady Wildcats went out to a quick lead and never allowed Fairview to stay close, winning it 25-16 to force a decisive tiebreaking set that would be nothing but gut check from both sides.
After a volley by Katie Ball for Fairview tied the score at 10-10, the two would lock up even numbers on the scoreboard nine more times.
Every time the Lady Aggies had a chance with the lead and at match point, Hayden dodged it and forced the game to go into sudden death play.
Harlee Reid was a force to be reckoned with in the tournament as she was unstoppable at the net. Reid got consecutive kills that enabled the Lady Wildcats to take the championship trophy back to Blount County and defeat Fairview (36-16) for the first time this season.
McKinna Yearwood, Alivia Boyll, Abbi Taylor - Fairview
Selena Clark, Lexi Shadix - West Point
Harlee Reid, Mallie Williams, Isy Johnson, Bree Hogeland, Brenna Hays - Hayden
Madison Pavolec, Ally Downs - Curry
MVP: Harlee Reid of Hayden
Photo 1: Fairview's Katie Ball about to serve in semifinal match with Curry.
Photo 2: Ally Hogeland (9), Tess Bailey (13) try to block a kill by Hayden's Harlee Reid
Photo 3: 5A, Area 12 All-Area Team.
Photo 4: Fairview Lady Aggies, 5A, Area 12 runner-up.
Sportspage photos by Johnny Thornton