BEVERLY - The Fort Frye High volleyball team had no trouble with Caldwell Tuesday evening, sweeping the Redskins 25-16, 25-7 and 25-14.
The game was played at Fort Frye Elementary, as renovations to the high school court are not yet finished. The Lady Cadets didn't seem to mind the change of scenery, as they never trailed against Caldwell and dominated nearly every phase of the game.
Alli Hesson had a big match, leading the team with 15 points, 14 assists and five aces. Lexi Skinner led the way with eight digs while Megan Hesson topped the Cadets with eight kills and also added 11 service points. Natalie Smith had six points and three aces while Megan and Taylor Pennock had six and five kills, respectively.
JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Fort Frye’s Megan Hesson (center) spikes the ball while Caldwell’s Lexy Schell (left) and Hannah Cooper (right) try to block it during a prep volleyball match Tuesday in Beverly. Fort Frye won in three sets.
"The girls played good tonight," said Fort Frye head coach Sam Skinner. "They were enthused and kept the pressure on. We attacked well, and when you attack and you pass well, things go a lot easier."
Alli Hesson got the first set started with back-to-back aces as the Cadets built a 4-0 lead. Later, two kills by Megan Pennock and an ace by Skinner made it 8-3 in Fort Frye's favor.
The Cadets led 13-7 when the Redskins called a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, Caldwell's Jade Croucher recorded a kill to help the 'Skins bring it to a 13-10 game. Fort Frye answered with four straight points, led by a kill from Megan Hesson, to make it a seven-point game.
Fort Frye d. Caldwell 25-16, 25-7, 25-14
Fort Frye (6-1, 3-1) stats: Alli Hesson 15pts, 5aces, 14asst, 2digs; Bailey Thieman 9pts, 1ace, 3digs, 2kills; Alyssa Skinner 3asst; Natalie Smith 6pts, 3aces, 2blocks, 1kill; Megan Pennock 6kills, 1asst, 2blocks; Lexi Skinner 7pts, 1ace, 8digs; Megan Hesson 11pts, 1ace, 8kills, 1block, 6digs; Taylor Pennock 2pts, 5kills, 2blocks; Ally Brooker 1block; Mikaela Dyar 1kill; Karissa Lang 1pt; Jordan Schilling 3asst; Makayla Liedtke 2kills.
Caldwell stats: Alyssa Leasure 1pt, 7asst, 1dig; Maddy Burris 2kills, 1block; Lexy Schell 4pts, 2kills, 1block, 5digs; Hanna Depuy 1block, 1dig; Taylor Crawford 6pts, 2aces, 2digsp; Jade Croucher 3pts, 3aces, 4kills, 4digs; Hannah Cooper 1dig; Mahaylie Cline 4pts, 2aces, 5digs.
Next matches: Monroe Central at Caldwell Saturday; Fort Frye at Belpre today.
Taylor Crawford's ace cut it to 17-12 for Caldwell, but again the Cadets responded with a four-point run courtesy of a block by Pennock and an ace by Bailey Thieman. Caldwell's Mahaylie Cline then served up back-to-back aces to make the score 21-15, but Fort Frye took four of the final five points to win the set 25-16.
It was pure domination in the second set for the Lady Cadets. Tied up at 2-2 early, Fort Frye took nine of the next 10 points to build an 11-3 lead. Skinner had a pair of aces during the run while Megan Hesson had two kills.
"Megan Hesson, she's just a sophomore," Skinner said. "She really does get up and get the ball down hard."
Caldwell cut it to 11-4 after a timeout before consecutive aces from Alyssa Skinner made it 14-4. Alyssa Skinner later assisted Thieman on a kill to make it 21-7.
Fort Frye then took the final four points, led by two kills from Taylor Pennock, to claim the second set.
The Cadets kept that momentum rolling into the third and final set, jumping out to a 7-0 lead thanks to the fine serving of Alli Hesson. Caldwell took the next three points to make it 7-3, but that's as close as the Redskins could get.
Fort Frye went on a 10-3 run to make the score 19-6 and put the game out of reach. Lexi Skinner secured the set and the match with an ace to make it 25-14.
Fort Frye relied heavily on its serving all match.
"We start off with two seniors (Thieman and Alli Hesson) serving for us right of the bat," said Skinner.
"They do a great job of getting the ball in for us and getting us started off right."
With the victory, Fort Frye remains in the thick of the Pioneer Valley Conference with a 3-1 league record (6-1 overall). The Cadets are on the road tonight when they travel to Belpre to take on the Lady Golden Eagles.
Caldwell will look to rebound Saturday when it hosts Monroe Central.