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Fairview’s Anna Ankney sets the ball during a volleyball match against Holgate on Thursday in Sherwood. RYAN SQUANDA/Staff

SHERWOOD — Fairview’s volleyball team capped a successful regular season with a 25-13, 25-14, 25-17 sweep of the Holgate Tigers on Thursday in Sherwood.

The victory pushes the Apaches’ record to 20-2 overall and 6-1 in the Green Meadows conference, a type of achievement thought possible by many of Fairview’s players at the beginning of the season. And for the four Apache players — Riley Mealer, Sami Kime, Madison Schoenauer and Kendall Baker — going through senior night festivities on Thursday, it’s been an especially gratifying season.

“We expected it to be pretty good, just because of the chemistry we had with each other,” Kime said. “We expected good things, and we have high expectations for each other.”

“It’s been better than any season we’ve had, and our record shows it,” Schoenauer added. “And the chemistry we have as a team is a lot better than past years. ... On the court, I feel very confident with all my teammates, and I think that’s helped with how the season’s gone.”

The Apaches left little in doubt to the outcome of Thursday’s match. Fairview cruised to convincing victories in the first and second sets, and even after Holgate made a run in the third set to close Fairview’s lead to 19-14 and force Fairview coach Allison Ciolek to call a timeout, the Apaches were eventually able to pull away to a 25-17 third-set victory.

“We asked the girls to compete and play hard every point,” Holgate assistant coach Kaitlin Cordes said. “We know Fairview is more of a heavy-hitting team, so we had to make sure our block was able to get touches or at least pop it up, so our back row could get underneath and make a good pass out of it. I thought we played within ourselves, and we didn’t give up. As a coach, that’s all you can ask for.”

Holgate (2-20, 0-7) was led by nine kills from Laura Nienberg, eight kills from Carissa Meyer and six kills from Rylie Schuller. Bria Tijerina had 28 digs.

It was a total team effort for Fairview. Schoenauer had six digs, 10 kills, three blocks, two aces and was 20-of-22 serving. Kiersten Cline had nine digs and five kills. Mealer had two digs, six kills, two assists and two blocks.

Olivia Ricica had nine digs, nine kills, three blocks and was 8-of-8 serving. Anna Ankney had 12 digs, 36 assists and a block. Kime had seven digs, and Paige Ricica had eight digs, eight kills and was 20-of-20 serving.

Despite the success of the season thus far, the Apaches are trying to focus on what’s ahead. They begin play in a Division III sectional semifinal against Liberty Center at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Sherwood.

It’s a loaded district featuring heavyweights like Ottawa-Glandorf and Tinora, and Fairview’s seniors say they’re hoping to make a repeat run to the district final.

“I feel like last year was a surprise,” Schoenauer said. “With the team we had, I didn’t expect to get that far, so the fact that we did that last year, we feel like we can definitely make it back there this year, especially with everyone we have on the floor, the bench and with all the support that we have.”

Holgate begins its tournament run with a Division IV sectional semifinal game at Fayette on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

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