MONTPELIER — The Fairview volleyball team rattled off a 14-point run in the first set and rode that momentum to a straight-set sweep (25-11, 25-11, 25-12) over home team Montpelier at The Railyard on Monday night.
The teams opened up trading points back and forth, and a Fairview service error tied the first set up at nine points apiece. The Apaches then proceeded to score the next 14 points to put the first set out of reach, thanks to two aces from freshman Paige Ricica and kills from Anna Ankney and Kiersten Cline.
“I thought we came out with a slow start in all three sets,” Fairview coach Allison Ciolek said. “I thought we could’ve come out a lot stronger and more focused, but as the sets went on, I think we responded and regrouped well. We were able to come back and finish, which hasn’t always been the case for us in the past.”
The second set followed a similar trajectory. After Cline’s spike went out of bounds for the Apaches to narrow their lead to 10-8, Fairview earned 15 of the next 18 points to win the second set by the same score as the first. Paige Ricica led the Apaches during the set with two more aces and six kills.
Fairview had a bit smoother sailing in the third and final set. After a spike from Ankney put the Apaches up, 10-5, the Locomotives couldn’t pull to within any closer than five points of the lead. Sami Kime had two aces in the last three points for Fairview, including the one that would end the match and give her team the 25-11, 25-11, 25-12 win.
Ankney, a junior who set the single-game school record with 45 assists last week against Swanton, played a large role in the offense again for Fairview. She finished with 28 assists and helped the team’s outside hitters rack up high kill totals. Madison Schoenauer led the team with 10 kills, while Paige Ricica added eight and Olivia Ricica contributed six.
“Anna’s a natural leader,” Ciolek said. “Everybody has that confidence and that trust in her when she’s out on the court to get them the ball. She does a nice job celebrating our hitters and celebrating our passers when she does that. That definitely plays a role into the success that we have.”
Fairview bumps its record on the year up to 11-1, including a perfect 2-0 in the Green Meadows Conference, which it will take into a matchup against Wayne Trace today.
“One of our goals was to not be content and to play every game one at a time,” Ciolek said. “It’s great to have an 11-1 record, but we can’t rely on that. We’ve got to respect every opponent that we come out and play and be ready to go.”
Cadey Hillard, Chelsea McCord and Keiylee Bentley led Montpelier with three kills each.
The Locomotives’ record drops to 2-10, including 1-4 in the Buckeye Border Conference. While coach Khrysta Coleman said she was happy with her team’s ability to keep its energy high despite Fairview’s runs, she thought her team might be looking ahead to Tuesday’s rivalry matchup with undefeated Hilltop (9-0, 5-0).
“They are focused; I think they’ve been more focused on the game tomorrow than they were on this one,” Coleman said. “It’s a rivalry game, so they’re already amped up for it, but hopefully we can come out and play with that spark.”
Hicksville 3, Stryker 1
(25-23, 13-25, 25-16, 25-22)
The Hicksville volleyball team beat Stryker in four sets on Monday night in a nonconference matchup.
Junior Kennedy Phillips led the way for the Aces, with 21-for-21 hitting, resulting in 12 kills. She added nine digs and a team-high 23 assists. Avery Slattery added eight kills of her own, and Madalyn Fredericks and Izzie Smith added two aces apieces. Kennedey Villena led the Aces with 14 digs.
Makenzie Cadwell led the Panthers with 35-for-40 hitting with nine kills. Kalista Blevins added eight kills of her own. Kinsey Myers topped the team with 17 assists, and Sage Woolace contributed a team-high 18 digs.