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Morning Sun
  • Frontenac fends off Lancers in tough match

  • Southeast and Frontenac have developed an intense rivalry on the volleyball court over the last couple years and that rivalry was evident Monday night during a nonleague match between teams 26-4 (Frontenac) and 21-4 (Southeast).

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  • Southeast and Frontenac have developed an intense rivalry on the volleyball court over the last couple years and that rivalry was evident Monday night during a nonleague match between teams 26-4 (Frontenac) and 21-4 (Southeast).
    Southeast won the first set 25-19 but Frontenac came back and won the next two sets 25-18, 25-21 to improve to 27-4 on the season.
    No lead proved safe in any set Monday. Southeast trailed 16-12 in the first set before drawing even at 19 and scoring the next six points. Frontenac trailed 5-1, 9-4 and 12-6 in the middle set before turning 3-0, 5-0, 6-0, 2-0 and 2-0 spurts into a 19-6 overall run to force a decisive third set. Frontenac led most of the way in the final set but after trailing 24-17, Southeast made Frontenac sweat with four consecutive points.
    “It’s kind of weird,” Frontenac head coach Cassie Buche said. “We get to a point where we have a nice lead and I don’t know if we get comfortable but we almost start playing safe instead of the aggressiveness we start the game with. That’s something we’re going to have to get better at but I’m real proud of the girls. They fought back hard in that second game. We’re down in the second game and to come back and fight and to have enough energy left to win (Game 3), these girls are scary when they’re playing well. Once they figure out consistency, a lot of great things are in their future here in the next couple weeks.”
    It was a tough way to end the night for Southeast — on a referee’s whistle.
    “No one wants to lose, especially on Senior Night,” Southeast junior Amy Martin said. “Your seniors don’t want to end their last game on their home floor with a loss. We still won two games, which is good . . . glad we came out with a positive note. It’s not the end of the season. Seniors still have days to work in practice, work hard and we’re going to come out at substate and carry it on to state. This is not our last . . . we’re going to build from it and learn from it.”
    Southeast won its first two matches of the night against St. Paul 2-0 (25-10, 25-21) and Columbus 2-0 (25-17, 25-13), something positive to remember for seniors Chloe Biancarelli (three-year letterman), Tessa Robin (three years), Tori Colvin (two years), Marina Stricklin (two years), Miri Gordon (one year) and Kalee Ewbank (one year).
    Colvin led Southeast with 11 digs, three kills and five assists against Frontenac. Gordon finished 5-for-5 hitting in the match and Martin added eight kills and six digs, Olivia Powell seven digs, and Rachel Bole three kills and three blocks.
    Page 2 of 2 - In the Columbus victory, Martin had eight digs, five kills and two aces. In the St. Paul victory, Powell and Biancarelli each had six digs, Stricklin five digs, Martin five kills, and Bole two kills and three blocks.
    The Raiders are firing on all cylinders, winning 14 matches in a row since a loss to Chanute in the Erie Tournament championship match.
    “We’re doing a lot of great things right now,” Buche said. “The biggest thing for us is our consistency. The skills and the fundamentals are there and the teamwork is definitely there between the girls, we just have to get more consistent going into our last few games going into substate.”
    Frontenac defeated Columbus 2-0 (25-12, 25-5) and St. Paul 2-0 (25-5, 25-15) earlier Monday.
    Lindsey Gorham led Frontenac with 32 assists, 19 digs and nine service points against Southeast and Ryleigh McCartney added 19 digs, 13 kills, three blocks and five service points, Nayna Fields 27 digs and six service points, Andi Palumbo 17 digs and seven service points, Libby Warrick 13 digs and seven kills, Lauren Hipfl nine digs, Paige Badart seven kills and two blocks and Bailey Flora two kills.
    Against Columbus, McCartney had 10 digs, five kills and eight service points, Gorham 16 assists, 10 digs and four service points, Fields 14 service points and six digs, McKayla Edwards nine service points, Hipfl five kills, Badart three kills, Warrick three kills and Flora two kills.
    Against St. Paul, McCartney had 13 service points (one ace), 12 digs, four kills and two blocks, Gorham 22 assists, eight digs and five service points, Badart nine kills and three blocks, Hipfl five kills and two blocks, Fields nine digs, Long eight service points and six digs, and Warrick three kills.
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