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Fort Frye volleyball preparing for 2020 season

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Fort Frye’s Cara McIntosh, who will be one of five seniors for the Cadets of second-year head coach Emily Tracewell, prepares to serve the ball during a match last season against Parkersburg Catholic.

BEVERLY — Everything is going about as well as can be expected for the Fort Frye High School volleyball program of second-year head coach Emily Tracewell.

The Cadet leader was married in May to former Williamstown all-state athlete Jake Tracewell and the couple is expecting their first child early next year.

As it currently stands, everything appears to be full speed ahead for the volleyball team to begin its season soon.

“Our official start date is August 1,” said the coach. “If I wanted to practice on August 1 on Saturday I could, but I’m waiting until (Monday) the third to start official practices and we’ll have tryouts at the end of the week.

“Right now we’ve been mainly having open gyms. Things are changing every day. We’re waiting to hear each day what’s going to happen. We don’t know who is going to be deciding who is going to play or not.”

Despite going into the unknown, the Cadets have spent plenty of time this summer working on their skills and planning to play a full season.

In 2019, Fort Frye won a Division IV sectional title against Malvern before being ousted in the district semifinals by Shadyside to conclude the campaign at 16-7.

Along with junior masher Julia Zalmanek, who had a team-high 330 kills last fall, coach Tracewell said her squad should feature five seniors.

“Our practices have been great since we started on June 1,” she said. “We at least have 15 or more girls every day at practice. Everybody has been working hard through the summer as a team and just getting better on our skills.”

The FFHS expected seniors are Cara McIntosh, Lexie Huck, Jayden Wallace, Karlee Ross and Liv Schneider.

“We’ll have Karlee back because she tore her ACL in summer basketball. She played some of the basketball season this year and now she’ll be starting full on in volleyball,” Tracewell added.

“We are hoping to get her back in the swing of things for the season so we can mix our hitters around. Liv played volleyball a few years earlier and she came back for her senior year.”

The Cadets were moved up to Division III this season, but the coach said she’s not overly concerned about that.

“We’ll be playing some bigger schools this year, but I’m hoping the hard work the girls are putting in during the summer, and once we get things meshing, I think the girls will come out strong. I tell them we don’t really care about the record too much.

“We hope to see progress in each game and start picking things up and clicking toward the end of the season. We have a lot of seniors on our team who have been working hard and I want them to go out with a volleyball season.”

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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