Prep volleyball: Monroe Central downs Frontier in 4

NEW MATAMORAS – The Monroe Central Lady Seminoles claimed a 3-1 victory over the Frontier Lady Cougars Wednesday night in a Pioneer Valley Conference volleyball battle at Hank Morus Gymnasium.

The Lady Noles split the first two games 25-13, 20-25 with their conference rival before rallying to win the final two games 25-19, 25-20 to even their season record at 3-3.

The Lady Cougars jumped out to an early lead in the opening game as they scored the first three points and led 9-8 before Monroe Central scored six unanswered points to jump in front 14-9.

The Cougars fought back to cut the lead to two at 15-13 before the Noles scored the final 10 points to claim the opening match.

“We just didn’t play consistently tonight,” said Lady Cougar head coach Donna Murphy. “We are getting better each game, but we are still making too many mental errors.”

That inconsistency showed up in game two as once again Frontier grabbed the early lead but this time the Cougars managed to hold off the Lady Noles to even things up at a game apiece.

Frontier led wire-to-wire in Game 2, and actually led by nine points at 22-13 before being forced to fight off a 6-0 Monroe Central run.

It appeared that the momentum had swung in favor of the Lady Cougars as back-to-back kills by Corisa Fickiesen gave them a 6-2 lead to open game three.

Monroe Central responded once again with six unanswered points to jump back in front at 8-6.

“There was definitely a lot of similarities in our teams as far as both of us being inconsistent,” said Monroe Central head coach Troy Baker. “The run serves were huge.”

The Seminoles increased the margin to nine at 21-12 and held on for the six-point win in game three.

The final game saw both teams knotted at 17-17 before Lady Seminole aces by Carly Baker and Brittany Hooper sent MC out front to stay.

Baker led the way for the Seminoles with 18 points, 22 digs, as well as five aces, while Hooper and Laycie Ball chipped in with 15 and 14 points respectively.

Hooper also added five aces and 10 digs while Ball collected six kills and four aces.

Katelyn Dimmerling came up with a team-high 15 assists while Kelsey Dick added 5.

Frontier was paced by Delaney Dominak with 13 points, 4 aces, 5 kills, and a block, while Becca Bowersock chalked up 10 points and three aces.

Emily Hinton tallied a game high 26 assists to go along with nine points and three aces, while Fickiesen chipped in with 10 kills, three assists and a block.

Baker hopes that the conference victory will get his team back on the right track.

“The first game tonight I thought was probably the best game we’ve played all year beginning to end,” said Baker, who is also the head coach of the Lady Noles basketball team. “It got a little inconsistent in two, three, and four, but nothing like it has been in our first five matches.”

The Cougars fell to 1-7 on the season with the loss.

“We have the skills,” said Murphy. “We just need to work on teamwork and put them all together.”

Both teams will be right back in action today as Monroe Central hosts Shenandoah in another conference matchup, while Frontier travels to Bellaire St. Johns for a non-conference tilt.