What looked like a quick night turned into a thrilling one, but it wasn't the way the Fairview girls volleyball team wanted it to end.

The Knights dropped the first two games of their Front Range League opener against Poudre, but then rallied to make it a match. Fairview forced a fifth game and held a late lead but the Impalas got a late break to win, 25-20, 25-19, 23-25, 15-25, 15-13 on Tuesday night.

"We went from playing not to lose to playing to win," Knights coach Kelsey Spencer said. "We came up short."

The Knights (1-6, 0-1) have lost five straight matches but they took inspiration from how they played in the last three games against Poudre. The Impalas used late scoring streaks to pull away in take a 2-0 lead, but then Fairview started to take over in the next two games.

"We started playing for each other," junior Cali Fuller said. "We worked as a team and stopped playing individually."

There were tense moments in the third game after Knights took a 24-14 lead. Poudre scored the next nine points to make it close, but an errant serve gave Fairview the win and momentum. It controlled the next game to force a fifth one, and it came down to a couple of breaks.

Leading 12-11 it looked like the Knights had scored again to go up by two, but the officials got together and ruled a ball had gone off a Fairview player. The Impalas capitalized and closed it out.

"It's very frustrating but I don't want my girls worrying about what they can't control," Spencer said. "I want them to fight back with their play."


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Fairview's losing skid isn't ideal but there were positives to take out of Tuesday's loss.

"Each game we've gotten better," Spencer said.

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Poudre 3, Fairview 2

At Fairview

Poudre (4-4, 1-0)2525231515Fairview (1-6, 0-1)2019252513

Kills — Fairview: Ava Lai 16, Cali Fuller 9.

Blocks — Fairview: Fuller 4.

Assists — Fairview: Sarah Huang 23, Sophie Pearson 14.

Aces — Fairview: Alyssa Millard 6.

Digs — Fairview: Sam Anthony 23.