BEVERLY - The Waterford High volleyball team kept on rolling Wednesday night, as the Lady Wildcat netters downed Fort Frye in four games in a non-league contest at Fort Frye High School.
Waterford, now 8-3 overall and 6-1 in the TVC, defeated the Lady Cadets in the first two games by scores of 25-8 and 25-21. Fort Frye, now 7-4 overall and 4-3 in the PVC, picked up a come-from-behind victory in the third game in an intense 26-24 contest.
The Jandy Drayer-led Waterford squad nailed it down the fourth game with a 25-15 victory. Drayer said Fort Frye always makes for a tough match.
JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Waterford’s Madison Sury (9) attempts to hit the ball over the net as two Fort Frye players jump to block it. Observing the play were Waterford’s Taylor Hilverding (16) and Brooke Drayer (22). Visiting Waterford won in four games.
"It's always a big rivalry," Drayer said. "You always expect to get a good game out of Fort Frye. We came out really strong, but for some reason, we just wanna hit cruise sometimes a little too soon, and we can't do that."
Fort Frye head coach Sam Skinner echoed Drayer's statement on the rivalry, and added "Everyone wants to win the Waterford-Fort Frye game. There's something about. It's always a big game, and unfortunately there always has to be a loser."
The Lady Wildcats got a nice performance from the players up front, with Brooke Drayer posting 14 kills, six points, six digs, and two blocks, while Chelsey Paxton had 13 kills, 13 points, and seven digs. Drayer and Paxton both also had five aces.
at Fort Frye High School
Waterford d. Fort Frye 25-8, 25-21, 24-26, 25-15
Waterford (8-3, 6-1) stats: Hannah Dailey 2asst, 1kill; Brooke Drayer 6pts, 5aces, 14kills, 2blocks, 6digs; Heiss 5pts, 4kills, 3blocks, 1dig; Hill 12pts, 4aces, 1asst, 3kills, 1block, 2digs; Hilverding 10pts, 5aces, 2asst, 1kill, 1block, 6digs; Miller 12pts, 3aces, 27asst, 2kills, 1dig; Paxton 13pts, 5aces, 2asst, 13kills, 7digs; Katie Semon 1asst, 2digs; Madison Sury 1asst, 1kill
Fort Frye (7-4, 4-3) stats: Combs 8kills, 8blocks, 3digs, 8pts, 4aces; Baker 2kills, 1asst, 3blocks, 1dig, 3pts, 1ace; Allie Hesson 3kills, 15asst, 2digs, 9pts, 2aces; Huck 4kills, 1asst, 3digs, 4pts, 1ace; Natilie Smith 4kills, 2blocks, 1pt; Thieman 2kills, 3digs, 2pts; Alyssa Skinner 3asst, 1dig; Schwendeman 3digs; Megan Hesson 1dig
JV: Waterford d. Fort Frye 25-9, 25-12
Waterford stats: Allison Rohrer 1kill; McCutcheon 5pts, 2aces, 1kill; Lydia Beardsley 3pts, 1ace; Emily Smith 9pts, 2aces, 9asst, 1kill; Tess Teters 1asst; Porter 5pts, 2aces, 4kills; Katrina Schwendeman 1ace, 1kill; Dani Drayer 2pts, 2aces, 2kills; Hope Schilling 1block; Jessie Reynolds 3pts, 1acel Neslein 8pts, 5aces
Fort Frye stats: Lexi Skinner 5pts, 4aces
Next matches: Waterford at Belpre at 6 p.m. Thursday; Zanesville-Rosecrans at Fort Frye Monday
"Chelsey Paxton has done a nice job in front," Coach Drayer said. "She's good at not just always hitting the ball hard, but hitting the ball where they're not. Brooke (Drayer) on the other hand is the opposite. She's gonna cram the ball down the gym every time. Overall, they all did a nice job."
Alyssa Miller also had a big game with 27 assists, while Jayde Heiss led the team with three blocks. Also chipping in were Taylor Hilverding and Laura Hill. Hilverding contributed 10 points, five aces and six digs, while Hill posted 12 points, four aces and three kills.
"We're fortunate to have the personnel that we do," Drayer said. "There is nobody on the team that we could do without."
For Fort Frye, Diedra Combs led the team with eight kills and eight blocks. She also had three digs, eight points and four aces. Allie Hesson paced the Lady Cadets with 15 assists and nine points. Combs, Lexi Huck, Bailey Thieman and Ellie Schwendeman all contributed three digs. Abby Baker led the team in blocks with three. Also chipping in was Alyssa Skinner with three assists and Natilie Smith with four kills and two blocks.
Coach Skinner was happy with the well-balanced effort from his team.
"Our girls are here for a purpose," Skinner said. "They wanna do their best to go out and get a win for this Fort Frye program. It's all about working hard and going at it everyday in practice and they do that. Waterford is a good team."
In the JV match, Waterford downed Fort Frye in two matches by scores of 25-9 and 25-12. Waterford was led by Emily Smith's nine points and nine aces, as well as eight points from Nicole Neslein and five from Haley McCutcheon and Regan Porter.
The Lady Cadets were led by Lexi Skinner, who had five points and four aces.
Fort Frye is off until Monday when it hosts Zanesville-Rosecrans, while Waterford plays it fourth game in as many days today in a road match against Belpre.