Fort Frye wins in home opener, improving to 2-0
BEVERLY — Fort Frye’s volleyball team is off to a good start.
After winning at Morgan Saturday in a season lid-lifter, the Cadets swept the visiting Belpre Golden Eagles, 25-22, 25-8, and 25-19 Monday night in their home opener.
“I feel like there was a little bit of confusion on the court,” said first-year FFHS head coach Emily Ohrn. “Sometimes even in practice, we have those spurts of up and down where we go on really long runs of good passes, good hitting. Then, one thing goes wrong, and we have to recover. But I had faith in them the whole time that they would turn it around and pull it out.”
Senior hitter Maddie Webb and senior setter Stephanie Camden led the Fort (2-0) with 12 kills and 29 assists, respectively.
“We usually know that Maddie’s going to put it down,” Ohrn said. “And Stephanie’s been working hard, running around, and getting all the balls. I’m glad she can put it up in the air exactly where we want it.”
Sophomore Julia Zalmanek and junior Cara McIntosh each added six kills for the winners. McIntosh added a team-high five aces.
“Even they’re going to put it down, too,” Ohrn said.
Belpre (0-1) was paced by 6-foot-1 sophomore hitter Halee Williams, who had a good all-around match with six kills, two blocks, 12 points, and one dig.
“Halee is someone who’s really come into her own,” said BHS boss Brooke Cieslewski.
“She worked so hard this summer and played club volleyball over the winter– and she’s made a presence on the court for us. She played JV last year and was just finding herself and her groove. This year, she’s earned her spot and keeping it.”
Golden Eagle setter Alyssa Hutchinson finished with a dozen assists while libero Savannah Knotts had seven points and seven digs while Hannah McDaniels had 10 digs, as well.
“We only lost three girls from last year,” Cieslewski said. “We have four seniors on the team and our sophomore group is pretty big this year. They’re been working hard in the summer and in the offseason — and they’re just a different team from last year. They work together, and their attitude is positive all the time.”
During the opening set, Fort owned an 18-10 advantage after a Webb tip. But Belpre battled back and actually cut it to one, 21-20.
The Cadets then managed to hang on for a 3-point victory.
Fort Frye dominated the second set, and secured the victory with a Camden service ace.
The Golden Eagles bounced back in the third game and took their first lead of the match. The Cadets stayed close, though, and after tying the score at 14-14 on a Jayden Wallace kill, they took the lead on a Gilly Baker ace and never looked back.
“We had it, but then we gave the momentum away,” Cieslewski said. “We’ve got to work on stopping the unforced errors.”
Overall for Fort Frye….
“I’m definitely pleased with the second set,” Ohrn said. “But we just have to work out a few little kinks for the first and third.”
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