Fairbanks spikers remain unbeaten in conference

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Fairbanks’ Piper Huston (5) and Kelsey Thorbahn go after the ball against Greeneview on Tuesday. The Lady Panthers won the OHC match in four sets. Additional photos may be found at marysvillejt.com.
(Journal-Tribune photo by Tim Miller)
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The Fairbanks varsity volleyball squad kept its Ohio Heritage Conference record perfect on Tuesday evening.
It wasn’t, however, easy.
The Lady Panthers ran their conference mark to 7-0 and their overall record to 11-1 with a 3-1 victory over visiting Greeneview.
FHS won the first two sets by scores of 25-21 and 25-17.
The Rams, who went into the match undefeated on the season, took the third set 25-18 and looked to have the upper hand during the fourth game.
Greeneview led 13-9 and looked to have all of the momentum on its side during the fourth set.
Once FHS senior Piper Huston stepped to the serving line, things started to change.
Fairbanks had cut the Rams’ lead to 16-15 when the senior was handed the serving responsibilities.
During her stint on the line, the Lady Panthers ran off eight unanswered points and were just two markers away from taking the match.
A Greeneview block and an errant FHS pass slowed the momentum just a bit.
Kelsey Thorbahn put the Lady Panthers at set point (24-18) with a kill.
The game and match then ended when the Rams sent a pass sailing out of bounds.
“That was a tough match against a very good team,” said Fairbanks coach Ed Marsman.
“Greeneview was able to dig up a lot of our hits and we gave them a lot of points during the third game with our serving errors.”
Marsman was asked what sparked the Lady Panthers’ comeback during the fourth set.
“We do the tough things well, but sometimes we relax,” he said. “However, we have a winning mentality and that carried us to win the fourth game.”
The Rams held a 9-5 lead in the first game before Fairbanks could really get untracked.
Kaidie Carstensen came through with a kill and later teamed with Sam Picklesimer on a block that started to get the Lady Panthers in gear.
The Rams held leads of three and four points before the Sisters Carstensen – Kaidie and Kasey – combined for a pair of blocks that tied the score at 17.
Greeneview was whistled for a double hit to give FHS an 18-17 margin.
Kaidie Carstensen and Mackenleigh Greene each came up with kills to spur Fairbanks to the first-set victory.
FHS jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the ensuing game.
Greeneview, though, took advantage of some Panther serving and hitting miscues to pull to within 13-12.
Kills from Kasey Carstensen and Thorbahn gave Fairbanks a bit of breathing room at 16-13.
Thorbahn later notched a kill on a Huston set for a 20-16 lead.
Kasey Carstensen blasted the ball over the net for a 23-18 margin.
Thorbahn came up with one more kill and the Rams blocked the ball out of play to give FHS a 2-0 lead.
Any thoughts of a Lady Panther sweep went out the window during the third game.
Fairbanks gave Greeneview a number of points on serving miscues.
Once the Rams went on top 18-11, momentum had shifted their way.
A pair of FHS hitting miscues gave the visitors the final points they needed to cut the Panther lead to 2-1.
Greeneview took its 13-9 lead in the fourth game after the Lady Panthers (who will travel to Cedarville on Thursday) were called for a lift.
A kill by Greene pulled the home team to within 15-14.
That helped set up Huston’s return to the serving line, where she started FHS’ road to victory.
Stats for the match were as follows:
-Thorbahn: 47/49 passing, 49/56 attacks, 19 kills;
-Kas. Carstensen: 20/23 serving, three aces, 12 points, 25/30 attacks, 11 kills;
-Kai. Carstensen: 10/14 serving, four aces, six points, 46/47 setting, 21 assists, 21/28 attacks, 10 kills;
-Grace Tomblin: 12/13 serving, eight points, 38/42 passing;
-Picklesimer: 12/14 attacks, two kills, six blocks;
-Huston: 21/22 serving, four aces, 14 points, 31/37 passing, 8/9 attacks, two kills;
-Greene: 9/12 passing, 16/18 attacks, five kills.
-Cassie Lamb: 14/14 setting, seven points, 67/68 setting, 21 assists;
-Emma Griffey: 7/9  attacks, three kills, six blocks.



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