CENTERBURG — It was a completely transformed Fredericktown Freddies volleyball team (1-2) that rolled into Centerburg and came out with a big road win on Tuesday against its conference rival to open the Mid-Buckeye Conference season.
Brimming with new confidence, excellent serving and aggressive defense, the Freddies took down the Trojans in four games, 25-19, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20.
“We came out and we won the first game and, I think, our confidence came back a little bit,” said Fredericktown coach Dawn Toombs. “That just carried us through. I think it takes a lot to get beaten pretty well and then come out and have a good head on your shoulders and talk and communicate and get along with your teammates. We did that tonight.”
Even the home team realized that the Freddies came better prepared.
“Centerburg and Fredericktown are huge rivals,” said Centerburg coach Ami Stevens, whose team has stumbled to an 0-2 start. “There’s a history between the two schools. Fredericktown came to play and they deserved to win.”
For Fredericktown’s Cassie Simpson (three blocks, three aces) and her teammates, beating the Trojans on the road was extra satisfying.
“Centerburg has been our rival and they have beaten us since the seventh grade.” said Simpson. “This was our year. It was our time and we did it on their home court. We have always been struggling to beat Centerburg every year. It was our No. 1 thing.”