The Indians, who finished last season 15-7 and have won four of their last five matches, lost to Loveland 25-17, 20-25, 25-10, 25-16 in the opening match of the season on Aug. 19 at Fairfield.
“Having played them is good for us,” Sicking said. “That gives us a little bit of an idea of what we need to do.”
Edgewood (11-12), the 24th seed, finishes the season with one more win than last year, extending a stretch of incremental improvements.
“Our setter is a freshman who shows a lot of promise,” coach Kevin Konz said, referring to Callie Hunt. “We’ve improved each of the last three years. Against Harrison in the opener, we were up 2-0, but we couldn’t seal the deal. The same with Ross. The girls are on the verge of turning it around and taking off.”
Junior middle blocker-outside hitter Trinity Miller led Fairfield with 10 kills, three more than Sicking. Junior setter Jessica Boland handed out a team-high 27 assists, while junior defensive specialist Samantha O’Shea came up with 19 digs.
Fairfield took command of the 15-minute first game, opening up leads of 9-2 and 13-3 before closing it out with a six-point run. The Indians had fewer extended runs in the second game and led 19-15 before scoring six of the last seven points.
Fairfield jumped out to leads of 6-0 and 7-1 in the third game before Edgewood started chipping away, setting up Sicking’s serving heroics.
“We controlled the ball with our offense,” Smith said. “We were definitely working on getting to their open spots. We were pushing the tempo. We’ve been on working on that. We’re a smaller team, so that’s what we have to do.”
The Cougars won two of their last three regular-season matches.
“We knew it would be an uphill battle,” Konz said. “Playing in the (Greater Miami Conference), they probably play a tougher schedule than we do in the (Southwest Ohio Conference).”