WEST POINT – Jim Boyd Gymnasium was buzzing Thursday afternoon. No, it wasn’t all of the homecoming activities going on outside, it was what was going on inside as the West Point Lady Warriors took on the Fairview Lady Aggies in a hotly contested 5A Area 12 showdown.
West Point dominated the first set of the best of five match thanks in part to a 9-2 run midway through the set. The onslaught was too much for Fairview to overcome as they lost the first set by a score of 25-13.
The Lady Aggies turned the tables on West Point in the second set, opening up with a 10-2 run, including a pair of kills and an ace from McKinna Yearwood. Following a timeout, West Point scored five of the next six points to pull to within four of the Lady Aggies. From here the score would jockey back and forth but the Lady Warriors were never able to get closer than four points as Fairview took the second set 25-20.
Yearwood opened the third set of the match with a booming kill but West Point came right back with a point of their own. The two squads went back and forth for the majority of the match with Fairview getting kills from Yearwood, Tess Bailey, Phoenix Janusas and Alivia Boyll while West Point got help in the form of kills from Meredith Calvert, Josie Huckaby and Molly Pendley. However, it was Fairview that was able to carve out the slight advantage and take the third set 25-21.
The fourth, and what turned out to be the final, set was just as hotly contested as the previous two. Fairview took the early advantage on the strength of two kills from Yearwood, prompting a timeout from head coach Regina Jones and the Lady Warriors. Out of the break, West Point went on a 4-0 run to close the gap to 8-6. Fairview scored the next two points but their momentum was quickly halted on a kill from the hand of Makenzie Carter. The Lady Aggies fired back with three points, but kills from Huckaby and Calvert kept the Lady Warriors within striking distance.
Fairview went on to score six lighting quick points including an ace by Yearwood that forced another West Point timeout. Following the stop in the action, West Point put together a 10-2 run to make the score 22-20 in favor of Fairview, but it was the Lady Aggies who had the final run of the night, scoring three of the last four points and ending the set and match on a block at the net by Ally Hogeland. Fairview took the set 25-21 and the match 3-1.
Fairview will next take the court Monday as they travel to Cold Springs to take on the Lady Eagles. West Point is in action next Monday at Curry against the Lady Yellow Jackets.
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