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Volleyball: Frederick ends mini-slump with sweep of Erie

Kira Horvath
Frederick’s Abbi Arneson blocks a shot by Erie’s Madi Willden during the Warriors’ sweep on Tuesday.

FREDERICK — The mini-slump was starting to wear on the Frederick volleyball team, but it didn’t take too long for the Warriors to get their swagger back.

“I think first point of the first game is when we kind of thought, hey, we’re back in it,” Warriors senior Brooklin LeBon said.

That point was an ace from Codi Whitmer, and Frederick rolled from there Tuesday night in a 25-16, 25-19, 25-17 three-game sweep of visiting Erie. The Warriors had hit a little rut, including a loss Monday to Brighton, entering the 4A Tri-Valley League contest.

“We’ve been in a slump, so I think coming out strong against Erie, our rival, is one of the biggest things we had to do,” said LeBon, who filled up the stat sheet with 13 kills, eight digs, three blocks and two aces. “It gave us more motivation to push in this game.”

Frederick (10-5, 5-4) also received nine digs from Abbi Arneson, 17 digs from Veronica Flores, and 17 assists from Whitmer as the Warriors made a push to remain in the upper half of the top-heavy league.

The win moved Frederick into a fourth-place tie in the league with Berthoud after the Spartans lost at Roosevelt on Tuesday night.

“We were focusing on individual goals and I think that we accomplished that,” Frederick coach Jamie Bradt said. “Some of the girls had to work on some goals after struggles in previous games, and one of them was our hitting. We didn’t show up in our hitting against Brighton, so we focused on that.”

Players wore uniforms trimmed in pink as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and played with more zest than in the past few weeks. The crowd even got into the act, as the student section chanted “just like football” when the Warriors appeared to have the match in hand.

The Frederick football team defeated Erie 21-7 on Friday night.

Frederick players admitted Erie appeared to be an improved squad after winning only twice last season. The Tigers (6-9, 3-7) are competing more regularly this season, but often were playing catch-up in this one.

“We’d play good for bursts, then let slides of five out of six or six out of seven go,” Tigers coach Russell Fox said. “They’re too good of a team to spot six or seven points to.”

The Tigers recorded kills across the board, but no one had more than four. Setter Tanya Campbell contributed 10 assists, one ace and three kills and Katia Fitzgerald added eight assists. The Tigers are still in the process of learning to win.

“The girls are playing together better and playing cleaner,” said Fox, a varsity assistant last season. “We have an outside shot at making the playoffs, and that was a pipe dream last year.”

The teams meet again on Oct. 21 at Erie. But Bradt is hoping her Warriors are far removed from the throes of their slump by then. Tuesday was a good start.

“I’m hoping we continue to work on not only our individual goals but team goals as well,” she said. “We haven’t gotten to practice much with three games each week and pinpoint what’s wrong, but I hope we continue to mesh.”

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Frederick 3, Erie 0

At Frederick HS

Erie (6-9, 3-7) 16 19 17

Frederick (10-5, 5-4) 25 25 25

Kills — Erie: Sakalosky 4, Ball 4, Fitzgerald 4, Campbell 3, Willden 3, Thomson 2; Frederick: LeBon 13, Arneson 9, Duey 4, DiGesualdo 3.

Blocks — Erie: Sakalosky 1; Frederick: LeBon 3.

Assists — Erie: Campbell 10, Fitzgerald 8; Frederick: Whitmer 17, DiGesualdo 13.

Aces — Erie: Bauchert 1, Campbell 1, Kenyon 1, Mirabassi 1; Frederick: LeBon 2, Duey 2, Whitmer 2, DiGesualdo 1.

Digs — Erie: Kenyon 5, Mirabassi 5; Frederick: Flores 17, Wedel 8.