Hawks downed by Div. 2 foe

  • Frontier outside hitter Olivia Deane hits past Melrose blockers Grace Davis (5) and Chloe Gentile (9) in the second set Saturday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Olivia Deane, left, hits a shot past Melrose blockers in the second set Saturday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier libero Reilly Isler lunges to return a shot from Melrose in the first set Saturday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Reilly Isler serves against Melrose in the second set Saturday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Jalen Sullivan lunges to save a stray shot against Melrose in the second set Saturday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Olivia Rosewarne (23) sets the ball against Melrose in the second set Saturday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier outside hitter Jalen Sullivan jumps to tip the ball against Melrose in the second set Saturday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Jalen Sullivan passes against Melrose in the second set Saturday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

  • Frontier’s Olivia Deane serves against Melrose in the first set Saturday in South Deerfield. STAFF PHOTO/DAN LITTLE

Staff Writer
Published: 9/8/2019 4:30:33 PM

Every season, the Frontier Regional School girls volleyball team goes out and challenges itself against teams from outside of Western Mass. This year’s slate already featured a match against Nantucket, and there are tilts set with Westborough and Hopkinton later in the fall.

On Saturday, Division 2 powerhouse Melrose High School came to Goodnow Gymnasium and handed the Red Hawks their first defeat of the young season.

Melrose stormed out of the gates with a quick first-set victory and held off a Frontier charge from there, picking up a 25-10, 26-24, 25-19 sweep in an independent contest in South Deerfield.

“Melrose graduated no one from 2018, they have seven seniors now so they look pretty smooth even this early,” Frontier head coach Sean MacDonald said.

Melrose reached the Division 2 North sectional semifinals a year ago. The visitors stymied Frontier early, but MacDonald was pleased with his team’s response after a tough opening set.

“Good response in set two,” he lauded. “We had a chance to win that set and were tied around 18-18 in set three but far too many errors to survive against a good team.”

Olivia Deane’s nine kills paced the offensive attack for Frontier (2-1), which opened with sweeps of Nantucket and Turners Falls before dropping its first match on Saturday. Jalen Sullivan contributed eight kills, while Charlotte Doulette added three kills. Setter Olivia Rosewarne dished out 17 assists, while Sydney Scanlon added five assists.

At the service line, Deane’s six aces paced the team’s performance. Libero Reilly Isler amassed 11 digs in the back row, followed by eight from Deane, six from Sullivan and four from Abbe Roberts.

“Lots of things to improve,” MacDonald offered of his club.

Frontier gets back at it on Tuesday night with its Eastern League opener when Agawam High School comes to South Deerfield for a 6 p.m. match.


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