The Fairview Warriors didn’t allow a big size disadvantage impact them against a powerful Froid-Lake volleyball team on Thursday night.
Fairview, which doesn’t feature a starter over 5-7, defeated the Red Hawks by a 25-19, 25-19, 19-25, 25-19, final. Froid-Lake starts three girls over 6-0 tall.
“I’m very excited,” Fairview senior Emily Axtman said after the conference win. “We pulled through and worked well as a team.”
Axtman felt keys to the victory included the Warriors’ serving and being able to get a touch on many of Froid-Lake’s hits.
After the Red Hawks scored the opening six points of the match on the net play of Mackenzie Dethman and serving of Sydney Dethman, Fairview slowly battled back and took a 13-11 lead.
Ahead 18-15, the Warriors reeled off four straight points on three net winners by Jadyn Gackle and a spike by Bailey Seader. A hit by Gackle ended the first set at 25-19.
The second game was also tight until a kill by Seader and an ace by Macy Seadeek put Fairview’s lead at 18-12.
After an ace by M. Dethman, Gackle scored a kill for a 19-14 advantage. A kill by Emily Sundheim increased the margin to 22-14.
The play of Haley Labatte led the Red Hawks back to 24-19, but Fairview was able to end the set on a tip by Seadeek.
Froid-Lake played extremely well in the third set as the standout play of junior Sydney Labatte led the Red Hawks to an 18-8 advantage. After a kill by S. Dethman put the score at 23-15, Fairview fought back to 23-18 on a spike by Gackle and strong serves by Seader.
A kill by Gackle kept the Warriors alive at 24-19, but the Red Hawks ended the third set on a tip by S. Dethman.
The fourth game was also well played as Froid-Lake gained a 14-11 lead on a block by S. Labatte and a kill by M. Dethman. Fairview moved ahead on spikes by Gackle.
Ahead 16-16, the Warriors took a 21-15 on the serving of Logan Schipman and net play of Sundheim. A tip by Gackle put the score at 24-18. After a block by H. Labatte, Fairview finished the match with a tip by Hanna Skov.