Three of a kind: Frontier volleyball sweeps St. Marys 25-7, 25-7, 25-7
NEW MATAMORAS — Frontier High recorded a rare 3-of-a-kind on the volleyball court.
The Cougars swept three by the identical score of 25-7 in each set against St. Marys High Wednesday night at Hank Morus Gymnasium.
“I don’t think it’s ever been all the same (score),” said veteran FHS boss Donna Murphy. “And, I’ve been the head coach nine years.”
Added FHS senior hitter Alexis Bland, “It’s pretty crazy.”
After falling to Paden City Tuesday night, Frontier got back in the W column and improved its record to 9-3 overall (7-2 OVAC and 3-2 MOVL). The Cougars never trailed the Blue Devils of Pleasants County, W.Va., in the match.
“This has been a good year,” Murphy said. “It’s a good group of kids. They’re working hard and have done a lot of new things this year. They’re learning to work together finally.
“This is the first time I’ve had this many that can play all the way around, and it makes it nice, because they get comfortable with each other and are more relaxed playing with each other.”
Frontier had four netters with double-digit points. Logan Haught led the way with 14 points, followed by McKaylyn Bowersock (12), Lea Dunn (11), and Kara Ramsey (10). Mariah Bowersock chipped in with nine points and led the Cougars with four kills and four blocks to go along with six assists. Haught had a match-high seven assists plus three aces and three kills.
“We’ve accomplished a lot and grown together very well,” Haught said. “As we go, we just motivate each other. We all have pretty good confidence in ourselves.”
Haught was one of the few Cougars who used a jump serve.
“I’ve been working on that,” she said. “And I’m getting better as I go.”
Overall, Frontier was 66 of 69 in serves with 17 aces. Defensively, Dunn had a team-high three digs.
“I feel like we just have to keep going in the direction we’re going, and gelling together,” Haught said. “We need to continue to play as a team.”
Added Bland, “We worked really hard over the summer and just kind of connected as a team. This year’s a big year for us, I think.”
St. Marys, with nine sophomores and four freshmen on the roster, played hard but was a little overmatched.
“The girls are working hard and learning as a team,” said first-year SMHS head coach Tina Carpenter. “We’re just young, but we’re making growth. Every match, there’s something positive that we’re seeing develop. We’re just hanging in there, and I’m anxious to see where we are.”
The Blue Devils finished with a total of seven kills and three blocks in the match. Teddi Northrop had two kills and Alexus Farson two blocks to lead the way at the net.
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