Fairview's Daisy Manasco (25) spikes the ball past Cold Springs defenders Aubrey Negron (25) and Hayden Goodwin (20) Tuesday in Fairview. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)
FAIRVIEW – This week is the start of the 2018 volleyball season for most local teams. The Lady Eagles of Cold Springs and Vinemont started their fall with a trip to Fairview for a tri-match. Fairview began its season last weekend at the Brewer Invitational where the Lady Aggies defeated Austin and Athens 2-0 and 2-1, respectively before dropping their final matchup against Deshler, 2-0.
The Vinemont Lady Eagles and the Lady Aggies were up first, and Fairview got off to a fast start. Three early aces from sophomore Micah Means along with three kills from senior Tess Bailey gave the Lady Aggies a big lead early. Sophomore Daisy Manasco delivered the game-winning point with her game-leading fourth kill to give Fairview a 25-14 win and a 1-0 lead in the match.
The second set featured more of the same for the Lady Aggies and despite three kills and a block from Vinemont senior Rachel Hall, Fairview took the set 25-11 and won its first match of the afternoon 2-0. Manasco collected six more kills in the second set followed by Bailey, who finished with four.
Cold Springs was the next team to face Vinemont, and like the Lady Aggies before them, Cold Springs was able to fend off Vinemont and win the match 2-0. Cold Springs sophomore Anna Kate Voce had a big first set, collecting two aces and two kills in the 25-17 win. Vinemont’s Taylor McClure led the way for her team in the first set, picking up four kills.
In the second set, Vinemont made even more of a push against Cold Springs. McClure scored two aces and both Hall and sophomore Olivia Johnson added two kills. However, Cold Springs was too much for the Lady Eagles in red, coming away with the 25-21 win to close out the match. Voce added four more kills in the second set, including the game-winner, while senior Aubrey Negron racked up three blocks in the win.
For the final match of the evening, the home-standing Fairview Lady Aggies faced the Cold Springs Lady Eagles and both matches featured some tense moments for both sidelines. The Lady Aggies took the first set 25-19 thanks in large part to Manasco’s game-high seven kills. The second set was even tighter and featured a strong surge from the Cold Springs Lady Eagles late. After being down 20-13, Cold Springs made a late push to cut it to 24-22 before Fairview’s Bailey delivered the game-winning kill and a 2-0 match win for the Lady Aggies. Cold Spring Lady Eagles junior Emma Chambers collected four blocks and two kills in the second set while Fairview junior Katie Ball picked up two blocks, three kills and an ace in the 25-22 win.
The Lady Aggies will be back on the court Thursday, Aug. 30 when they travel to Sardis High School. Vinemont will head to Good Hope on the 30th for a tri-match with the Lady Raiders and West Point and Cold Springs will also play on the 30th at St. Bernard.
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