Fort Frye makes short work of Frontier at net

BEVERLY – Fort Frye had everything working Wednesday in a volleyball match against Frontier, sweeping the Cougars by scores of 25-6, 25-8 and 25-13.

The Lady Cadets never trailed in the contest, improving to 3-1 overall and evening their Pioneer Valley Conference record at 1-1.

“I thought the girls played well,” said Fort Frye head coach Sam Skinner. “Frontier’s got a young team and they’re really working with their team trying to get them up to a level. I’ve got a team that’s pretty experienced and it showed tonight.

“Hopefully we take some stuff away from this game. We worked on speeding our offense up a lot and hopefully that will show up in our next games.”

Fort Frye built a 10-2 lead in the first set of the match thanks to three aces by Jordyn Hendershot and kills by Megan Hesson, Megan Pennock and Kelsey Sampson. Frontier’s Ashley Keith recorded a kill to help the Cougars cut their deficit to 10-5 but Fort Frye answered by taking 11 straight points and 15 of the final 16 to win by a whopping margin of 25-6.

The Cadets did not let up at all in the second set, jumping on top 17-2 and eventually winning 25-8 to go ahead 2-0 in the match.

Frontier got off to a better start in the third and final set but still could not prevent the Cadets from pulling away. With the score at 7-5 in Fort Frye’s favor, the Cadets took eight straight points to go up by 10, 15-5. The Cougars battled back as a kill by Nikki Haught and an ace by Becca Bowersock cut it to 15-7, however, that’s as close as it would get as a kill by Hesson and an ace by Ally Brooker helped stretch the lead back to 20-7. The remainder of the match went back and forth as the Cadets got a bit nonchalant but they eventually finished it off for a 25-13 win and a clean sweep for their first league victory.

Hesson led Fort Frye with 11 kills in the match. Hendershot posted 20 assists while Jordan Schilling added 14. Pennock had four blocks and Sampson recorded three. Hendershot and Schilling had seven and six aces, respectively.

The Cadets were able to dominate around the net all throughout the match which was set up by some top-notch passing.

“We’ve got some hitters but all of that starts with the passing,” Skinner said.

“The hitters get all the glory but I’ve got some girls in our back row who do a great job of passing the ball for us. It starts with our passing. There is no glory for the girls in the front unless the girls in the back do their job.”

Haught led the Donna Murphy-coached Cougars with four kills and three blocks. Bowersock had a team-high eight assists while Maddie Greathouse contributed nine digs.

Fort Frye are scheduled to play at Caldwell Tuesday to take on the Lady Redskins in a PVC tilt while Frontier travels to play Shenandoah in another league match tonight.