On a hot steamy Tuesday evening outside, a near perfect 72 air conditioned degrees inside Tinora awaited two of the better programs in the area over the past decade.
What better way to start the Green Meadows Conference volleyball season than an opening night game of a great rivalry, Fairview and Tinora.
The Apaches brought their undefeated, 4-0, team to visit the Rams of Tinora, 4-2 on the young season.
A action packed first set saw the Rams jump out to a 20-16 advantage. Fairview responded with a run of 4-1 to cut the Tinora deficit to just one, 21-20. The Apache would continue the attack on the Rams, taking the first set, 25-23 to grab a 1-0 lead.
Set two again would see the Rams jump out to an early 4-1 lead. The next 15 minutes of set two was all Fairview. The Apaches grabbed an 11-4 lead on their way to a 25-15 set two win to take a commanding 2-0 lead over Tinora.
Set three saw Fairview take a 11-6 advantage. Tinora would not quit, as the Rams came back to tie the match at 11-11. The Apaches would put the train back on the tracks, taking a 17-13 advantage over the Rams. Fairview would go on to take set three, 25-23 and the match, 3-0.
In a series once dominated by Tinora, (10 straight wins) Fairview has taken two of the last three matches, including the last two straight.
Fairview remains undefeated with the win, 4-0, 1-0 in conference play. The Apaches will next hit the floor on Saturday morning as they travel to Kalida to take part in the Kalida Pioneer Tournament.
The Rams fall to 4-3, 0-1 in the GMC. Tinora is back on Tuesday, Sept 12 as they will host Antwerp.
JV: Tinora 2-0 (30-28, 25-23)
Addison Gerken 4 digs, 17 assists; Kallie Snyder 4 kills, 5 digs; Kaylee Dickinson 15 digs, 28-32 serve receive; Kenzi Nagel 3 kills, 2 blocks; Paige Gamby 12 digs, 18 kills, 10-13 serve receive; Paige Sebring 14 digs, 9-11 serving, 2 aces, 17-19 serve receive; Scylea Zolman 4 blocks, 4 kills; Tatum Creps 6 blocks, 6 kills, 13-15 serving; Zoe Roesti 11 assists, 9 digs, 13-14 serving.
Aubrey Hammer 3 kills, 23-25 attacking, 4 aces, 19-19 serving, 9 digs, 15-16 serve receive; Haley Hammer 3 kills, 11-11 attacking, 30 assists, 11-11 serving, 2 blocks, 9 digs; Abby Smith 9 kills, 22-23 attacking, 7 digs, 9-10 serve receive; Bethany Singer 5 digs; Liberty Vogelsong 11 digs, 11-11 serve receive; Nevada Vogelsong, 11-12 serving; Asia Brubaker 3 kills; Kelly Crites, 16 kills, 38-43 attacking, 4 aces, 15-16 serving, 10 digs, 16-16 serve receive.