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Fort Frye’s Kianna O’Brien (14) hits the ball as Waterford’s Ella Schweikert (13) takes a stand during a high school volleyball match Monday in Beverly. Fort Frye won 3-0. (Photo by Jordan Holland)

BEVERLY – Fort Frye isn’t at full strength right now, missing one of its key players in Makenna Long due to injury.

However, the Cadets still have some talented players back from last year’s regional tournament run and are starting to come together as a team.

Monday night’s game against rival Waterford was a glimpse of what Fort Frye is capable of when the team is really clicking. The Cadets (5-3) won in three sets by scores of 25-5, 25-16 and 25-6.

“I think we can play even better than that. Fort Frye coach Emily Tracewell said. “We’re missing one of our regular starters – Makenna Long. It’s been a bit of a challenge trying to put the pieces together without him. We hope she will be able to return at some point. I’m obviously very proud of the progress we’ve made so far and how we played that game.”

Long is a very important player for the Cadets, but her sister Madyson stepped up earlier this season. Against the Wildcats, she posted 13 kills, eight digs and four aces to help propel Fort Frye to victory. Kianna O’Brien had a big game against Waterford with 16 kills in the match, while Jenna White added seven kills and Paige Morganstern had five.

“Mady is definitely the consistency we need in the front row.” Tracewell said. “The others are doing a really good job of letting our players be able to move the ball. (Mady) is definitely a good person to have there to get the job done for us.”

Three kills from O’Brien helped Fort Frye take a 4-0 lead in the first set. Back-to-back kills by White and a block by Long extended the lead to 13-3, and the lead continued to grow from there as Waterford couldn’t stop the Cadets’ momentum.

“As long as we’re playing consistently and doing our job, then we’re going to do it either way, no matter who it is.” Tracewell said.

The Wildcats, who fell to 4-4 on the season, responded nicely early in the second set as a pair of kills by Avery Wagner gave them their first lead of the night at 3-2. Later, an ace from Wagner and a kill from Kendall Sury put Waterford up 8-6. After Fort Frye tied it, Mackenzie Pottmeyer’s ace put the ‘Cats back in front at 9-8. Waterford again pushed the lead to two, 12-10, thanks to back-to-back kills from Wagner, but Fort Frye scored 10 of the next 11 points to take a 20-13 lead and prompt a two-timeout from the Waterford coach. Kim Barker. Long capped the start with back-to-back blocks to put the Cadets up two games to none.

The third set was never close as Fort Frye took the first 11 points and cruised to victory.

FFHS setters Kasey Lang and Camryn Huck had 17 and 14 assists, respectively. Jaslynn Casto recorded seven digs. The Cadets travel to Williamstown on Thursday for a tri-game against the Yellowjackets and Philip Barbour.

Tracewell sees a lot of potential in this group and thinks the ability is there to make a return trip to the Sweet 16.

“As long as we’re working together and everybody’s doing their job, I think we can get back there.” she said. “(The key is) consistency with our setters and as long as our serve and our serving is strong, we should be able to play the way we can play.”

Waterford was paced by Wagner’s eight kills and five blocks. Pottmeyer had a team-high eight points, while Kendyl Johnson dished out six assists.

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