SPARTA — A rivalry tends to bring out the best in some people.
Overmatched and on the road, the Fredericktown Freddies refused to go down easily to the undefeated and top-ranked Highland Scots in Thursday’s Mid-Ohio Athletic Conference volleyball match. Fredericktown nearly shocked the home crowd by taking a late lead in the second set.
But Highland had been there before. The Scots fought their way to victory in that set and in the others, taking the match 25-12, 25-23, 25-12.
Highland is frequently led by junior Kam Terry, who holds the school’s career record in kills. But on Thursday, the person leading the charge in the first set was Ashton Terrill. The freshman had eight of her 11 kills in that first set, including three in a 7-0 stretch late in the set.
“She’s played a lot of ball since kindergarten,” said Rob Terrill, Highland’s head coach and Ashton’s father. “She got out there in that first set. We know we can go to Kam to get us the right way. ... But we have a lot of players who can step up. Ashton, Brogin Denman, Kam — Megan Oder can hit from the outside — Lexi Winkelfoos. They did a great job.”
Terry still led the Scots with 23 kills, which were scattered throughout the match and happened at the best times for her team — and at the worst times for Fredericktown.
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