Eagle netters are grounded by Fort Frye
BELPRE — Fort Frye has gotten off to a good start on the volleyball court.
After sweeping Morgan in its season and home opener Saturday, FFHS (2-0) went on the road Monday and did the same to Belpre, 25-10, 25-12, and 25-15.
“It’s awesome to me to see them grow and how far we’ve come even from the beginning of summer to now,” said fourth-year Cadet coach Tiffany Smith. “It’s like we’ve been able to clean things up and come together as a team. We’ve made a lot of progress in a short amount of time.”
Fort senior hitter Kasey Buchanan enjoyed an all-around match with 15 kills, four blocks, four digs, four aces, and two points.
“I want to play at the next level, so I’m trying to go as hard as I can,” Buchanan said.
Senior hitter Jade Baker added seven kills, while Karlee Ross and Maddie Webb had six and four, respectively. Setter Stephanie Camden finished with 29 assists and shared team-high scoring honors (11 points apiece) with Baker.
Libero Lexie Huck, Webb, Baker, and Buchanan each had four digs, while Camden chipped in with three.
“We’re playing really, really well as a team,” said Buchanan, who had 18 kills against Morgan . “We’ve been working hard all summer. The underclassmen have stepped up and are doing a nice job.”
Belpre (0-1) was playing its season and home opener.
“Fort Frye is defnitely a really good offensive team,” said second-year Golden Eagles boss Brooke Cieslewski. “They’ve got some big girls.
“But our defense picked it up towards the end.”
Cieslewski singled out BHS junior Hannah McDaniel — who finished with four digs and two service aces — for praise.
“This is her first year as a libero,” Cieslewski said, “and she’s really made a name for herself on our team. She’s always working hard.”
Cieslewski was also impressed with the play of junior outside hitter Savannah Knotts.
“In that last set, Savannah played all the way around for us,” the Belpre coach said. “She’s become a leader on the team.”
Most of Belpre’s 10 points in the opening set came on For Frye service errors. But, other than that, the Cadets pretty much dominated and won by 15 points.
In the second set, it was tight early on. But after the Golden Eagles cut it to 7-6, the Cadets shifted gears and won going away, 25-12.
The third set was similar to the second with Belpre battling and staying close for awhile. But Buchanan, Baker, Ross, and Webb all proved to be a force at the net.
“In that third game on Saturday (vs. Morgan), they came back and we let them score quite a few points,” Smith said. “So, it was really good to see my girls finish tonight’s game the way they should have. I mean, they stayed focused from the beginning to the end.”
Cieslewski expressed optimism for the rest of the VB campaign.
“I’m definitely anticipating moving forward throughout the season,” she said. “This time last year is how we ended. So starting this way looks really good for us. I can only hope that we can do better and have a good season.”