FAIRVIEW PARK — Midview is supposed to be a notorious slow starter.
The Middies broke precedent on Tuesday. The first game was their best game. It was the other three contests that didn’t go so well for Midview in a four-game loss to Fairview in a showdown of unbeaten West Shore Conference teams.
The Middies broke away from a 13-13 tie with seven unanswered points in the opener en route to a 25-18 victory. Fairview built a sizeable lead in Game 2 before hanging on for a 25-22 win.
Midview was nowhere to be found in the third game as Fairview won in a rout, 25-10. It was a seesaw Game 4, with the Middies helped immensely by Fairview’s six poor serves, before the Warriors prevailed, 25-23.
The loss put Midview 4-1 in the WSC and 4-3 overall. Fairview is 5-0, having faced only conference opponents so far.
“It’s the little things,” Midview coach Debbie Borsz said. “The missed serves, the missed hits. If we can fix the little things, I think we will be all right.
“This (Fairview) is a good team. It will be interesting to see what happens in our place.”
The teams play again Oct. 4 at Midview.
Jacki Street was outstanding in Game 1 with five kills and two block kills and outplaying Warriors star hitter Heather Mariner. Sara DuBois added three kills and Kelsey Voit had a pair of block kills in the first game.
“Our plan was to shut down Mariner, and we shut her down,” Borsz said. “We knew they would play the line, and we blocked the line.”
“They did a nice job of blocking us,” Fairview coach Dana Artman-Cajka said. “That was the difference in Game 1 – their blocks. They stuffed our offense, so we had to find other ways to score.”
Mariner spent most of the rest of the match on the back row. That allowed Molly Troxell to pick up the Warriors’ hitting. Troxell paced all hitters with 13 kills and a pair of block kills. Mariner ended with 12 kills and five block kills.
Street finished with 12 kills and four block kills. Lauren Gauvreau was next with nine for Midview.
The Middies led 8-5 in Game 2 before Fairview ran off 10 consecutive points. Midview battled back to within 16-14 and 21-20 before falling. Troxell had seven kills and a block kill in that game. Brady Lorek had six of her 10 kills in Game 2.
Another 10-0 run by the Warriors in Game 3 made the score 18-5. Midview recovered in Game 4, never trailing by more than two points until Fairview grabbed a 23-20 edge. The score was last tied at 19-19. Midview’s last lead was 17-16.
Street ended the night with a team-leading 10 blocks. Courtney Chalmers had 23 digs and Hannah Duran had 37 assists.
Mariner led Fairview with 25 digs and seven blocks. Emily Kilbane served 23 points and Megan Lewis had 39 assists.
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