Fort Frye conquers rival Waterford in three sets
BEVERLY — Kasey Buchanan just had another night at the volleyball office.
The Fort Frye senior standout finished with a match-high 15 kills as the Cadets swept visiting Waterford High, 25-16, 25-17 and 25-18, in prep VB action Monday evening.
“Kasey put stats up in every category,” said FFHS head coach Tiffany Smith. “And, she’s become such a great leader for us. I can’t say enough about how positive she is, and how she’s just the go-to in a lot of situations.”
Buchanan also recorded 10 points, 3 blocks, 3 aces, 1 assist, and 1 dig for the undefeated Cadets, who improved their record to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in the Pioneer Valley Conference.
“Buchanan’s a nice player,” said Waterford boss Kim Barker. “I told our blockers that you can’t leave her by herself, and on defense you’ve got to read and try to get touches. They’ve definitely got a good front line.”
Fort’s other big hitters’ Jade Baker (7), Karlee Ross (4), and Maddie Webb (4) combined for 15 kills.
Setting up the Cadet hitters was Stephanie Camden, who finished with a match-high 23 assists. The talented setter also filled up every category, adding 13 points, 3 aces, 2 digs, 1 kill and 1 block.
“Actually, Stephanie’s stats don’t reflect how much she did tonight,” Smith said.
“She had 23 assists, but also did a lot of ‘clean playing’ that kind of got us out of a couple of sticky situations.”
Webb filled up five of the six categories, adding 13 points, a match-high 7 aces, 3 digs, and 1 assist.
Waterford fell to 6-4 overall on the season. The Wildcats had six netters with a combined 14 kills. Lily Roberts, Riley Schweikert, and Ana-Sophia Beardsley had 3 apiece. Beardsley also had 3 of the team’s 4 blocks.
Setter Cara Taylor finished with a team-high 13 assists, while libero Haley Klintworth had 14 digs. Allex Teters chipped in with 8 digs.
After Waterford took a 1-0 lead in the first set, Fort had a 5-0 run, and never looked back with Ross closing it out with a kill.
During the second game, it was tied at 10-all at one time. But then, the Cadets slowly but surely pulled away from the Cats and closed it out with a 6-0 run and an eight-point victory.
In what turned out to be the final set, it was back and forth at the start and knotted at 13-all until Fort shifted gears and won be nine.
“Fort Frye outplayed us,” Barker said. “I feel like Fort Frye came in tonight aggressive and ready to go. I don’t think we fully showed up the way we play Waterford volleyball.
“I felt like our passing was off. We strugged from the back line, and when you do that, it’s hard to really put together your offense and get the ball back.”
Smith said that Fort’s “nerves showed a little bit early in the night.”
“We had some missed serves that we wouldn’t normally miss or shouldn’t miss,” the coach added. “But then after that, we kind of worked through those nerves and starting pulling everything together. We just played in system, and we had great defense. We played great at the net, and we had some great sets, too. It’s good to see them piece everything together and come out with a sweep.”