FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown Freddies started out strong and swept the visiting Danville Blue Devils in their Mid-Buckeye Conference match on Tuesday, 25-10, 25-17, 25-18.
It was a much-needed win for the Freddies (2-2 overall, 2-1 MBC), who had a tough start to a difficult season schedule.
“Last week, we started off with three games in the opening week and two losses to excellent teams in Highland and Centerburg,” said Fredericktown volleyball coach Marilyn Rutherford. “We wanted to get back into the winning bracket. We played well against Centerburg. We just wanted to carry that over with a win here on our home court with Danville.”
Devan Kennedy had four kills for the Freddies, leading them with 14 points. She also had two blocks and four digs. Teammate Lydia Webster had seven kills, a dig and five points. Lyndsay Briegal had nine kills and 12 digs to lead the Freddies. Tierany Smith added six assists and a pair of points for the Freddies. Teammate Courtney Jackson had two kills and two assists. Hayley Derikito added seven digs and 13 points and Cassie Simpson had three digs and two points.
Taylor Keener had seven digs, three kills and five points for Fredericktown. Her 12 assists tied Danville’s Megan Bice for the game high.
Danville’s Morgan Lauderbaugh had two kills, two aces and four digs. Amanda Mickley added five kills for the Blue Devils (0-4, 0-3), while Ashlee Townsend had three assists and a pair of kills.
Danville has the athletes and appeared strong at times. Other times, they had trouble putting the pieces together.
“Right now, we are working on developing some consistency to our game,” said Danville volleyball coach Brad Van Hoose. “We’ve got some good hitters and some good defensive players. We need to put it together for a full game. We’re doing it in spurts. We need to be doing it a little bit longer. We need to start out at the energy level we ended at.”