Frontier Regional volleyball downs Notre Dame Academy in 4 sets

  • The ball crosses the net during the women's beach volleyball semifinal match between Austria and Lithuania at the 2015 European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, Saturday, June 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky) Dmitry Lovetsky

For the Gazette
Published: 9/13/2018 10:38:07 PM

HINGHAM — The Frontier Regional girls volleyball took its talent to the South Shore on Thursday night and came back with a win, as it beat Notre Dame Academy, 3-1.

“It’s a big win for us,” Frontier coach Sean MacDonald said. “(Notre Dame Academy’s) always a good team and that’s why we make the drive. We like to challenge ourselves against some of the best of Division 2 and Division 1.”

Senior Lauren Davenport led the way on offense for Frontier with 25 kills and four aces, while sophomore Olivia Deane had 11 kills and seven aces.

In the first set, both sides battled back and forth for control, with Davenport, Deane and senior captain Sarah Zoly helping the visitors pull away a bit. Davenport sealed the set win with a kill to take it 25-18.

In the second set, the Red Hawks (4-0) started off with two straight points, but the Cougars, Division 2 South semifinalists last year, roared to life off two consecutive aces by sophomore Morgan Galvin and some strong kills by senior captain Ellie Murphy, soon putting the hosts up 10-4. From there, Frontier began a comeback, even taking a 12-11 lead off of a short, well-placed kill from Davenport, however Galvin brought the hosts back even and then some with the help of senior Morgan Kretschmer to put Notre Dame back in control.

Deane led a strong comeback effort in the second set, however it would fall short as a Murphy kill gave the Cougars the set 25-23 and tied the game at 1-1.

The teams traded points to start the third set until Deane had an ace and Davenport a kill to put the Red Hawks up 11-9, and from there, the Frontier offense exploded, holding the hosts to only 11 points more.

Davenport had what MacDonald described as a “career set,” and a Deane kill to finish gave the Red Hawks a 2-1 set advantage.

In the fourth set, Frontier took an early lead, continuing its momentum from the previous set, going up 8-1y. Some serve errors and a kill by Kretscher helped bring the Cougars back, however, the Red Hawks maintained a cushion over the South Shore power. The Cougars came within two before back-to-back kills ended it. Senior captain Ashley Telega spiked it just out of reach of Notre Dame Academy’s front line, and senior captain Hailey Orloski’s match winner kept the Red Hawks undefeated on the young season.

“We’re just trying to get a little better every day,” MacDonald said. “Even though this was a nice win, we’ve still got things to improve on and we’re trying to get better.”

He compared scheduling tough opponents out of the area to studying for a test.

“You don’t know what grade you need to pass. Some years, an 85 passes,” he said. “Other years, an 85 doesn’t pass, so we’re trying to get as good as we can be with the little things each day.”

Frontier will face Athol at home Friday. The two teams will face off again in South Deerfield on Oct. 7.

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