Skyhawks sweep past Xenia


Fairborn wins tight battle with MVL foe

By John Bombatch - jbombatch@aimmediamidwest.com



Hani Sampson (2) led the Skyhawks with 10 kills and a serving ace in Fairborn’s girls varsity high school volleyball win Sept. 12 over visiting Xenia.

Hani Sampson (2) led the Skyhawks with 10 kills and a serving ace in Fairborn’s girls varsity high school volleyball win Sept. 12 over visiting Xenia.


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Fairborn’s Katie Knapp bashed a game-best three serving aces and had two kills in the Skyhawks girls high school volleyball win Sept. 12 at Fairborn High School.


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Xenia’s Jada McAvene (7) hits over a pair of Fairborn defenders, Thursday in a girls high school volleyball match at Fairborn High School.


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Xenia’s Molly Brown (5) lobs a shot over Fairborn’s Ella Whalen (8), during Thursday’s girls high school volleyball match in Fairborn.


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FAIRBORN — In a match that had 20 ties and 11 lead changes, Fairborn came through in the clutch situations to claim a 25-23, 25-14, 25-22 girls high school volleyball varsity win over visiting Xenia.

Xenia had grabbed an early 10-6 lead in the opening set, but the host Skyhawks evened the score at 13-13 on Kenzi Culbertson spike down the left line. A Xenia out ball and a Lee Ann Williams service ace, combined with another Culbertson kill and a dink by Ella Whalen gave Fairborn an 18-14 lead, but the Bucs rallied to even the match at 19-all on a Fairborn out ball. The teams would tie each other at 22-22 before two Buc miscues and a Williams spike earned Fairborn a 25-23 first-set win.

Game two saw Xenia roll out to a 5-2 lead before a deep lob from Fairborn’s Sara Peterangelo, a Sam Hart service ace and two kills and a service ace from Hani Sampson, and another ace from Katie Knapp and a Whalen block gave the Skyhawks the lead for good. Fairborn then rolled to a 25-14 win.

The third game was the most exciting of the night, with the two teams swapping the lead seven times before the Skyhawks broke a 20-all tie and closed out the match with a final-set 25-22 win.

“For us, we really just played as a team tonight. We just kinda clicked. Xenia did a really great job of getting everything up, but we didn’t shut down. We just kept finding a way to put the ball down,” Fairborn assistant coach Kayleigh Grippa said.

Sampson led everybody with 10 kills and a service ace, Williams had five kills and an ace of her own, Whalen had five kills and a block, and Knapp led the way in serving with three aces to go with two kills. Fairborn is now 4-7 overall, and is 4-6 in the Miami Valley League.

The second-place Skyhawks have a key MVL Valley division contest at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16 when they’ll host first-place Sidney.

Xenia coach Jessica Threats said her team is playing better, despite a rash of recent injuries and illnesses. The team has now lost nine straight matches.

“I think it’s more psychological for us now, to get through this downward turn,” Threats said. “We know we will face everybody in the MVL again, so hopefully we can get some things fixed on our end for the second half of the season, and make the most of it.”

In the loss, Tristin Conner led Xenia with six kills, while Jada McAvene and Haley McManus each had two kills and a block. Xenia (3-9, 1-8 in the MVL) plays at West Carrollton at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 16.

Hani Sampson (2) led the Skyhawks with 10 kills and a serving ace in Fairborn’s girls varsity high school volleyball win Sept. 12 over visiting Xenia.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/09/web1_HaniSampsonX2X3_PS.jpgHani Sampson (2) led the Skyhawks with 10 kills and a serving ace in Fairborn’s girls varsity high school volleyball win Sept. 12 over visiting Xenia. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Fairborn’s Katie Knapp bashed a game-best three serving aces and had two kills in the Skyhawks girls high school volleyball win Sept. 12 at Fairborn High School.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/09/web1_KatieKnapp_PS.jpgFairborn’s Katie Knapp bashed a game-best three serving aces and had two kills in the Skyhawks girls high school volleyball win Sept. 12 at Fairborn High School. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Xenia’s Jada McAvene (7) hits over a pair of Fairborn defenders, Thursday in a girls high school volleyball match at Fairborn High School.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/09/web1_JadaMcAvene_PS.jpgXenia’s Jada McAvene (7) hits over a pair of Fairborn defenders, Thursday in a girls high school volleyball match at Fairborn High School. John Bombatch | Greene County News

Xenia’s Molly Brown (5) lobs a shot over Fairborn’s Ella Whalen (8), during Thursday’s girls high school volleyball match in Fairborn.
https://www.xeniagazette.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/32/2019/09/web1_MollyBrownFB8_PS.jpgXenia’s Molly Brown (5) lobs a shot over Fairborn’s Ella Whalen (8), during Thursday’s girls high school volleyball match in Fairborn. John Bombatch | Greene County News
Fairborn wins tight battle with MVL foe

By John Bombatch

jbombatch@aimmediamidwest.com

Contact John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123.

Contact John Bombatch at 937-372-4444, Ext. 2123.