PREP VOLLEYBALL: Aggies topple Warriors, Eagles in tri-match

Fairview's Daisy Manasco (25) goes up for a kill during Fairview's win at West Point on Wednesday. (Nick Griffin for The Cullman Tribune)

WEST POINT, Ala. – Both the Vinemont Eagles and Fairview Aggies traveled to West Point High School Wednesday afternoon for a tri-match with the Warriors and the Aggies managed to collect wins over both opponents. Fairview knocked off Vinemont after three competitive sets and edged West Point in two sets that were about as close as you will see in a rematch of last year’s Cullman County Volleyball Championship Match.

West Point 2 – Vinemont 0 (25-10) (25-16)

The Warriors and Aggies got things started and thanks to a pair of strong sets, West Point swept Vinemont to grab an early win. Molly Pendley posted five aces, four kills, three digs and assist in the match while Lexi Shadix led the Warriors with seven kills and three blocks. Ryleigh Jones racked up eight assists, two aces and a kill and Gracie Thompson added seven assists to go along with three aces and a kill.

Mikayla Golden collected three aces, three kills and two blocks in the loss while Olivia Johnson added two kills and Jordan Chambless posted an ace and two assists.

Fairview 2 – Vinemont 1 (25-14) (22-25) (15-8)

It took three sets for the Aggies and Eagles to decide a winner Wednesday but in the end, it was Fairview toppling Vinemont in the second match of the day. The Aggies were on top 8-1 at one point in the first set but the Eagles were able to cut the lead to 12-9. Fairview found its rhythm after that and started to pull away, winning it on three straight aces from Katie Ball and winning 25-14.

Vinemont bounced back in the second set against the Aggies, jumping out to a 16-8 lead midway through the contest and extending that lead to 22-15. Fairview mounted a come from behind effort and chipped away at the lead, but the Eagles were able to pull away and win it 25-22. The Aggies responded in the tiebreaker set, building an early 13-5 lead and taking the match with a 15-8 win in the final set.

Micah Means posted 19 assists and a kill, Daisy Manasco added four kills and three aces and Kate Ball finished the match with three aces, five kills and two digs. Jacy Gorham racked up seven kills and a block, Cassidy Hutchison chipped in with five kills of her own and KT Thrasher scored three aces.

Olivia Johnson collected a pair of kills in the loss for Vinemont and Gracie Kennedy added a pair of aces. Mikalya Golden finished the match with a pair of aces as well.

Fairview 2 – West Point 0 (25-23) (25-23)

Wednesday’s final match consisted of two of the tightest sets we’ve seen at this early point in the season. The Aggies edged the Warriors 25-23 in both sets to pick up a big win, but it could’ve gone either way at several points in the match.

Fairview got on top 8-6 early in the first set but West Point managed to tie the game up at 12. The game stayed tied for nearly the entire match after that, moving from 17-17 to 22-22 before the Aggies found a way to make a few crucial plays and took the set 25-23.

Fairview took an early 7-5 lead in the second set, but the Warriors responded and took a 9-8 lead. The Aggies retook a 14-11 lead after that and maintained a 19-18 advantage late in the set. West Point tied the game at 23 shortly after but after the Aggies moved ahead by one point, the match ended on a called fault against the Warriors and Fairview held on to take the set 25-23.

Manasco finished with 12 kills, two aces and two digs in the win while Micah Means added another 18 assists and two aces. Ball posted nine kills, five digs and two aces for the Aggies and Isabella McGukin collected four kills and a block.

Lexi Shadix posted nine kills, two aces and two blocks in the loss while Gracie Thompson racked up a team-high 11 assists. Molly Pendley added two aces, five kills and two digs for West Point as well.

The Aggies will be back on the floor when they travel to Southside Tuesday, the Warriors will be back in action at the Labor Day Classic in Foley on Friday and the Eagles will travel to Fultondale Tuesday.

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